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Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Karen Gentile and Jean Russo discuss pediatric health conditions and parenting concerns in an evidence-based educational podcast aimed at parents and other pediatric healthcare providers. Powered by Kids First Pediatric Partners, one of the leading pediatric practices in the Northshore and located in Skokie, Illinois. 

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Jun 25, 2019

On this special episode, Nurse Practitioner Karen Gentile is joined by Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Denise Gardner, PhD to discuss anxiety in children.  The topics we touch upon include:

  • The difference between every day stress and clinical anxiety
  • The prevalence of anxiety in children
  • How anxiety develops
  • Common co-occurring disorders such as depression, ADHD, eating disorders
  • Common emotional and physical manifestations of anxiety
  • Preventing anxiety
  • How parents can help the child manage anxiety
  • When should we consider seeking therapy for my child
  • How can therapy help my child


Parents interested in scheduling therapy with Dr. Gardner or learning more about PCPA can find this information on

Additional resources:
- Book recommendation: What to do when you worry too much (Huebner; ages 6-12; workbook for parents and children)
- Apps - Head Space, Calm, Breathe2Relax
- Websites: Anxiety Disorders Association of America (