Episode 33: Mental Health – Social Anxiety in Teens – Dr. Tracy Ballardo


    In this Episode


    Social anxiety in teens may sound cliche, but did you know that it could be a necessary phase in their brain’s development?

    This week’s podcast guest is Dr. Tracy Ballardo, a licensed psychologist in Pasadena, California, who specializes in treating eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and the trauma and grief that often co-occur with eating disorders.

    She shares the risk factors for social anxiety and helpful strategies for navigating this developmental phase with your teen.


    In this week's episode, you'll learn:

    • How a teen’s brain development can impact emotions and behavior
    • Risk factors for social anxiety
    • Working through egocentricity with your teen

    Episode Highlight

    "Egocentricity doesn't necessarily mean that you have a selfish kiddo or that this kid is just going to grow up and be completely self-centered…it’s developmentally appropriate for your teenager to struggle with figuring out the thoughts and feelings of others.”

    - Tracy Ballardo



    Bonus Q&A

    Have you tried exposure therapy with your kid when they are anxious about doing something like joining a sports team?

    Tune in to the Bonus Q&A with Dr. Ballardo to hear her coach parents through specific examples of dealing with their teen’s anxiety.

    Episode Transcripts

    LD Expert Podcast Episode 33 Social Anxiety in Teens with Dr. Tracy Ballardo

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