PSP 353: Social Anxiety and Bullying

PSP 353: Social Anxiety and Bullying

There is a strong relationship between social anxiety and bullying. Research has shown that a clinically significant amount of people with social anxiety have experienced bullying. Often children have a genetic predisposition to anxiety, but environmental stressors, like bullying, blossom that genetic seed.

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PSP 352: Helping Kids Who Are Worried About Growing Up

PSP 352: Helping Kids Who Are Worried About Growing Up

It is common for some kids to worry about growing up. There are many unknowns that can feel overwhelming. But for some kids this fear is all consuming. For these kids their worries about growing up turn into a daily effort to prevent the inevitable from happening.

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PSP 351: How to Help Anxious Kids through Stories and Books

PSP 351: How to Help Anxious Kids through Stories and Books

There are many creative ways to help anxious kids. One way is through storytelling. Children can immerse themselves into stories and learn along the way. Stories can help normalize the experience of having anxiety and develop problem-solving skills in a more non-directive way.

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PSP 350: Is it Game Over if Your Child Doesn’t Want to Work on Anxiety or OCD?

PSP 350: Is it Game Over if Your Child Doesn’t Want to Work on Anxiety or OCD?

It can feel like there is nothing you can do if your child refuses to work on anxiety or OCD. But in reality, that is far from true. We are one piece of the puzzle when it comes to our child’s anxiety or OCD, but it is still an important piece.

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This Makes Social Anxiety Worse

This Makes Social Anxiety Worse

Social anxiety feeds off one main thing. Avoidance. When we fear criticism, judgment and rejection from others, it can feel like too much to put ourselves out there. It might feel easier to cocoon yourself in your own home and not risk rejection.

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PSP 349: Do you Feel Isolated Trying to Help Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD?

PSP 349: Do you Feel Isolated Trying to Help Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD?

Dealing with our child’s anxiety or OCD is taxing enough, but sometimes there is another layer of stress. Often our child’s struggles can trigger something deep within us. A childhood wound, a flashback, a remnant of something that has remained dormant within us.

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PSP 348: Does Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD Trigger Your Childhood Wounds?

PSP 348: Does Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD Trigger Your Childhood Wounds?

Dealing with our child’s anxiety or OCD is taxing enough, but sometimes there is another layer of stress. Often our child’s struggles can trigger something deep within us. A childhood wound, a flashback, a remnant of something that has remained dormant within us.

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PSP 347: Do You and Your Partner Fight Over Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD?

PSP 347: Do You and Your Partner Fight Over Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD?

Raising a child with Anxiety and OCD is hard enough, but when you and your partner are not on the same page, it can be even harder.

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PSP 346: Losing Yourself While Parenting a Child with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 346: Losing Yourself While Parenting a Child with Anxiety or OCD

It is easy to lose yourself while trying to parent a child with anxiety or OCD. In fact, it can be hard not to. We might have ongoing thoughts about how to help our child. We might be consumed with worry about our child’s future.

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PSP 345: Balancing Act of Pulling Back Anxiety & OCD Accommodations

PSP 345: Balancing Act of Pulling Back Anxiety & OCD Accommodations

When our child has anxiety or OCD, we are often providing some accommodations that inadvertently grow the problem. As we learn about anxiety and OCD, we also learn about the importance of pulling back those accommodations. This is not a black and white process. It takes time, it takes judgment and it takes discernment in the moment.

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OCD Existential Thoughts: When OCD Makes Your Child Doubt Reality

OCD Existential Thoughts: When OCD Makes Your Child Doubt Reality

In this week’s YouTube video I’m discussing the many common ways Existential OCD themes can make you doubt your reality and how to override and outsmart OCD.

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PSP 343: Are We Making Our Child’s Social Anxiety Worse?

PSP 343: Are We Making Our Child’s Social Anxiety Worse?

In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast I outline common mistakes we make that unintentionally make our child or teen’s social anxiety worse. I’ll also outline positive approaches and steps to take to empower your child and reduce their social anxiety.

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What is Your Teen’s Social Anxiety and What is Their True Self?

What is Your Teen’s Social Anxiety and What is Their True Self?

In this week’s YouTube video I talk to teens and adults about how to explore their true self separate from social anxiety and how to develop realistic goals that honor their true self.

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PSP 342: A Sisters Journey Through OCD to a Life of Purpose

PSP 342: A Sisters Journey Through OCD to a Life of Purpose

Emily and Lindsay both struggled with OCD as kids. Even though they were sisters, OCD showed up in very different ways for each of them.

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How Does Your Child View Life: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

How Does Your Child View Life: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

How your child views life in general can have a huge impact on their struggles with anxiety or OCD. If they see all the negative aspects of everything, they’ll automatically be more prone to a hopeless, defeatist attitude. 

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