Voices of Compassion Podcast
Voices of Compassion Podcast

April 8, 2021

Anxious Kids? How Parents Can Help

About The Episode

Prolonged uncertainty can lead to anxiety in both children and adults, compounded by the layer of risk that has been added to our daily lives for over a year now. As communities begin to reopen, we are faced with additional stressors of getting reacquainted with the people and places that were off-limits for so long. For those with social or situational anxieties, sheltering-in-place may have brought comfort and control, and even the anticipation of re-entry can be debilitating. But these stressful times can also be a teaching moment, for us to validate our kids’ feelings and model healthy coping strategies. In this episode, we sat down with CHC’s Dr. Joan Baran and doctoral psychology intern Beth Moroney to find out how.

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Guest Info

Joan Baran

Joan Baran, PhD

Clinical Director at CHC

Dr. Baran has over 20 years’ experience working with young children in a variety of settings. Her expertise includes infant and young child assessment, autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. She speaks Spanish. She is an avid Tar Heel basketball fan.

Guest Info

Beth Moroney headshot

Beth Moroney, MA

Doctoral Psychology Intern at CHC

Beth hails from Cleveland, Ohio and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate education. She was always passionate about improving the lives of children and families, and first gained specialized psychological experience while at UNC conducting assessments for first graders in local schools and then through a Summer Treatment Program during a summer in Chicago. She spent two years working with families in longitudinal research studies at the National Institute of Mental Health outside of Washington, D.C. and then moved to California for her doctoral studies at UCLA. Her research interests include examining environmental and social factors influencing psychological problems in children and adolescents, with the goal of identifying effective targets for treatment. She is an avid Harry Potter fan, loves to cook and enjoys watching and playing almost all sports, especially soccer.

Show Notes

The share of Americans reporting symptoms of anxiety disorder, depressive disorder, or both roughly quadrupled from June 2019 to December 2020, according to a Census Bureau study released late last year. Anxiety can be sneaky, popping up in a variety of cognitive, behavioral and physical ways. Because it affects everyone, anxiety is an opportunity for us to share our own emotional experiences with (and model healthy coping strategies for) our kids. We actually need a good balance of anxiety in order to motivate us but not stop us in our tracks. In this podcast episode, CHC’s Joan Baran, PhD and Beth Moroney, MA share signs and symptoms to look out for, while teaching us how to be our children’s cheerleaders and reminding us to always put our own oxygen masks on first. Listen now!


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