Join host Dr. Christopher Fasano, a Ph.D trained neuroscientist and concerned father as he discusses the rise in mental health illness in kids, the importance of promoting early mental wellness, and easy strategies to implement. Some of the topics discussed are Anxiety, ADHD, social media, screen time, depression, suicide, bullying, addiction, and more.
Episode 81 “Empathy & Anxiety”
Empathy is the ability to 'feel with' another person, to identity with them, and sense what they're experiencing. Anxiety is a feeling of uncertainty or fear caused by not being able to control or know what will or might happen. The more anxious we are, the more individualistic we become, and when that happens, the only thing we care about is ourself. Empathy is the exact opposite. It is wanting to be connected with others and share our common experience. Thus, the more anxious we are, the less empathetic we can be, and vice versa. The more empathetic we can become, the less anxious we will be. Today we talk about this concept and go though some actionable ways for us to be come more empathetic.
Information from the following articles was used on this episode:
Empathy: The Ability That Makes us Human
Feeling Anxious? Being Kind Can Change That
5 Actionable Tips to Develop Empathy & Become a More Empathetic Person
Episode 80 “Military Kids”
April is designated as Month of the Military Child, a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of children in those families. This life of uncertainty can lead to a variety of mental health problems when kids are young and as they get older. But, research also shows that military kids are amongst the most resilient humans on the planet. On today's episode I talk about the unique situation and sacrifice military families/kids endure, offer my take on establishing a constant in the unknown, and my thanks for their sacrifice.
Read more: https://www.dodea.edu/dodeaCelebrates/Military-Child-Month.cfm
Episode 79 “Mental Guard Rails”
Guard rails are a means to prevent or deter access to dangerous or off-limits areas. The most common of these are the guard rails we see on the high ways to prevent us from veering off the road and limiting damage during an accident. Our mental health is a progress, a road if you will, and without guard rails we run the risk of driving off the mental health road. So how do we establish some mental guard rails? What are some easy things we can do to be preventative about our mental health and deter access to some dangerous or off limit areas? We discuss on Episode 79.
Episode 78 “Gun Violence & Mental Health”
It seems like whenever a mass shooting occurs, mental health or illness makes its way into the conversation. Why? Because mental illness is always tied to the cause and reason someone picks up a gun and goes into a store and kills people. But is that true? And better yet is it fair to further stigmatize mental illness and tie it to violence with no evidence just to avoid the inevitable conversation about guns? On this podcast I do my best to never push an agenda other than promoting mental health and I find it very dangerous to link gun violence with mental illness without any evidence to support it. So what does the data say about mental illness and violence? Are the mentally ill more likely to pick up a gun and kill someone else? We discuss on today's episode.
On today's episode i reference the following articles.
Episode 77 “Teaching Critical Thought”
Critical thought is what defines as a human. Our ability to use rationale thought allows us to take the emotion out of our decisions to ensure the choices we make will be the right ones for not only the present moment but also the future. Critical thought nowadays, however, has become harder and harder with saturation of social media, and curated news feeds that only show us things we like, and get us to hate the things we don't. All of that uses emotion as the driving factor and really clouds our critical thinking process. So how can we become better critical thinkers and more importantly, how can we teach our kids this? Join us as we discuss this on another episode of the Better Mental Health show.
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Episode 76 “The Bad Stuff & Anxiety” ft. Maia James
A major source of anxiety for many people, kids and adults included, is the constant worrying about all of the bad stuff that surrounds us. Bad stuff in our environment, bad stuff in our food, bad stuff in our homes, everywhere we go we can find bad stuff to make us anxious. If only there was a place we could go to get more information about this bad stuff and learn about alternatives to make everyday things less "bad" and more "good". Well, my guest on today's episode, Maia James, has created such a place called Gimme The Good Stuff, and she joins me to discuss how these bad things can harm us and create anxiety and how the business she built aims to combat this.
Chris has such an easygoing, conversational tone which makes listening very easy! Enlightening information!
Sooo recommend this podcast
My absolute favorite podcast. I am always looking for perspective on how to offer my children with as many tools as possible for their “emotional tool belt” and every time I listen to a new episode of this particular podcast I find at least one way to spark new conversation with my children in regard to their mental health without them necessarily picking up that we are having a convo about their mental health.
Parents must tune in
This is a great podcast. Very informative on the topic of mental health for children -!: parents. As a parent there are things which you may consider “normal” but this show details some of the things we should focus on when raising children. Mental health is important yet it does not get the attention that it deserves. Great show!