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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 60: How to Tell When Your Child Needs Professional Help for OCD or Anxiety

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 60: How to Tell When Your Child Needs Professional Help for OCD or Anxiety

You watch the child you once knew slowly disappear. The stress, the worry is slowly consuming them. Morphing them into someone you don’t completely recognize. Is this something you can handle? Are there things you should be doing differently? How are you supposed to know when you should get professional help for OCD or anxiety?

As a therapist, I get asked that question often. Here is my response…

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PSP 050: Explaining OCD to People Who Don’t Get it: Helping Siblings, Family & Friends Understand OCD

PSP 050: Explaining OCD to People Who Don’t Get it: Helping Siblings, Family & Friends Understand OCD

Do you know what is almost worse than having a child with OCD? Seeing your child be surrounded by people who just don’t get OCD. Siblings who tease their brother or sister for their “strange” behavior. Partners who tell your child to “just stop!” Relatives who think they are being helpful when they tell you “they’ll grow out of it.” And teachers who don’t understand how your child can have OCD when they just don’t see it. Explaining OCD to people who just don’t get it can be daunting. OCD can be complicated even for parents to understand.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 59: The Difference Between Child Anxiety and OCD

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 59: The Difference Between Child Anxiety and OCD

Your child seems anxious. They are often paralyzed with fear. But, they also have many habits, quirks and tics. How can you tell what is anxiety and what might be OCD. And really – does it matter? It does. The treatment for anxiety and OCD are very different. In fact, some approaches to help anxiety can actually make OCD worse. Also, as parents you will want to respond in a different way depending on whether you are dealing with OCD or pure anxiety. So how can you tell the difference between anxiety and OCD. Let me tell you…

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The Face Behind AT Parenting Survival for All Ages


Child therapist and toddler mental health specialist.

My name is Natasha Daniels and I am a Child Therapist and mother to three vibrant, challenging and insightful children who keep me on my toes! I have spent the last twelve years working with children and families in my private practice Hill Child Counseling.

 

Kids are my passion – especially anxious kids and kids with OCD. Having been an anxious kid and now raising three anxious kids of my own, I get anxiety and OCD on a very personal level. I have dedicated my practice and my writing to helping kids with anxiety/OCD and their families. 

 

I am the author of Anxiety Sucks! A Teen Survival Guide and How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler. I am the creator of AnxiousToddlers.com and AT Parenting Survival Courses for Anxiety and OCD. My work has been featured on various sites including Huffington Post, Scary Mommy and The Mighty

 

I am an active member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and have attended their advanced OCD training through the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI). I also remain active wih The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and participate in their ongoing OCD sub-committee.

 

 

 

 

 


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Child Therapist’s Ultimate List of Products to Help Reduce Child Anxiety

As a child therapist and mom to three anxious kids, I am constantly looking for products to help child anxiety. Here are my recommendations along with how they can be used.

Parenting Classes and Videos

Life can be hectic. Who has time to read or go visit a professional these days? Watch some quick 5 to 15 minute parenting videos taught by a child therapist on anxiety and body safety.

Parenting Online Classes

Are you looking for parenting support? Anxious Toddlers e-courses are taught by a child therapist at your own speed, when YOU have the time.