We've produced a series of expert podcasts to help parents understand and manage child and family mental health problems.

The series, Child in Mind, is presented by BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond. In each 20-minute episode, she discusses an important issue in child and family mental health with an expert and a young person or parent.

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    What do we know about childhood anxiety and what can parents do about it?

    Feeling anxious and worried is a normal experience for children, but how do we know when it's becoming a serious problem and what can we do about it? Claudia Hammond discusses these issues and more with expert Professor Cathy Creswell from the University of Reading, and Beckie, whose whole family was affected by her son's anxiety.

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    The Adolescent Brain

    In the final edition of Child in Mind, Claudia Hammond talks about the often misunderstood changes that happen during adolescence with young person Yaamin and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL Sarah-Jane Blakemore

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    The impact of sexual material online

    Any parent with a computer in the house will have thought about whether their child will see sexual material online. How widespread is this problem and what is it's impact on children?

    Claudia Hammond is joined Dr Dickon Bevington, the Medical Director of the Anna Freud Centre, and Vera, a mum of two who's concerned about what her children see online.

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    Bonding with your baby

    Our latest Child in Mind podcast explores what it means to securely bond with your baby, how this bonding can affect your child's development as well as useful advice for parents to support this bond.

    Presenter Claudia Hammond is joined by Dr Linda Mayes, the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center and expectant mum, Rhian Filbey.

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    Is medication for mental health problems safe?

    Is medication for mental health problems safe? How do young people make decisions about their treatment? These questions are discussed in this month's Child in Mind podcast.

    Presenter Claudia Hammond is joined by Maisy, a 19-year old Young Champion at the Anna Freud National Centre and Dr Peter Hindley, Chair of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.

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    What are eating disorders

    What are eating disorders and how to cope? These questions are discussed in this month's Child in Mind podcast.

    Presenter Claudia Hammond is joined by Jess, 23, who has experience eating disorders and Dr Dasha Nicholls, Joint Head of the Feeding and Eating Disorders Service at the Institute of Child Health, University College London.

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    What is trauma and how does it affect the brain?

    What is trauma, what does it look like, and how does it affect the brain? These questions are discussed in this month's Child in Mind podcast. Presenter Claudia Hammond is joined by David Trickey, Consultant Clinical Child Psychologist in the Trauma and Maltreatment Service at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

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    Why do some people self-harm?

    Self-harming behaviour is becoming more common according to recent statistics, and particularly among young people between 16 and 25 years But what is self-harming behaviour, why do people do it and what help is available for those affected?

    Claudia Hammond discusses these topics with Dr Trudie Rossouw, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Grace, a 23 year old woman who self-harmed between the ages of 16.

    This podcast includes material that some people may find disturbing.

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    What is therapy and does it work?

    What is therapy and does it work for mental health problems? These questions are discussed in this month's Child in Mind podcast. Presenter Claudia Hammond is joined by Maisy, 18, who has various types of therapy for both obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder, and Professor Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive of Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

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