How to Help Kids Handle Rage Caused by Anxiety or OCD

Imagine you are in a room full of snakes. You are told to go to the other side of the room to take the trash out. You might be pretty oppositional about the request. You might shout back. You might even go ballistic. Anxiety or OCD can feel the same way. Our kids are under an enormous amount of invisible pressure. They are often going through their school day full of metaphorical land mines. All too often these kids explode at home.

Anxiety or OCD can cause an enormous amount of stress that can turn into rage. In this week’s youtube video I teach kids how to handle this rage.

So how do you help kids with anxiety or OCD handle their stress? I have some ideas. In this week’s episode of Ask the Child Therapist Kids Edition I talk directly to kids about the build up of stress anxiety or OCD can cause and how they can handle the rage that pours out of them.

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3 responses to “Ask the Child Therapist Episode 71 Kids Edition: How to Help Kids Handle Rage Caused by Anxiety or OCD”

  1. Amy Ingariat says:

    I always though my almost 4 year old son was just a shy and extremely clean child. However, over the past few weeks I have realised that he gets overly anxious/disturbed when he is in a large group of people, he gets easily scared by pets, loud noises, sleeping alone and the dark. He has totally refused to swim and he told me that he is afraid of the ‘big water’. He is also so conscious about neatness, will stop eating if anything drops on him and cannot even eat an icecream cone because his hands get messy when it melts.
    I decided to go through the internet to find out if there could be a remedy for this and I came across this website. His character almost checks every symptom of toddler anxiety and OCD. How can I be of help to him so he can grow up normally?

    • Natasha Daniels says:

      I would start helping him label his worries and slowly start exposing him to situations that are less than perfect. You can get tons of tips in my book How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler (on Amazon) or through articles on this site.

  2. Melissa says:

    I am a first-year special education teacher in a K-2, self contained classroom with six non-verbal children with severe disabilities. Whew! I have a boy with severe autism who laughs and is happy all day, yet has just started to show major struggles with symmetry OCD (my diagnosis,) and head-banging. He will stand up books to make a wall around him, but if the books don’t stay open to 90 degrees , or he can’t get the items he is playing with to stay in a straight line, etc. he loses control.

    When he loses control, he hits anyone near him, will kick them as hard as he can, will throw objects, including chairs, books, or anything else near him, and banging his head on the concrete floor. He started this halfway through the school year, and it continues to worsen. He doesn’t have a way to communicate yet, because we can’t get past his anger for him to listen to social stories. We have been trying replacement behaviors, with no success. I have to distract him from the books, and remove them, but there is always something else to take their place to disturb his happiness. When he successfully gets inanimate objects to do what he wants, he is beyond thrilled.

    I am trying to find anything I can to help this sweet boy. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,

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