PSP 375: Can the Movie Inside Out 2 Help Your Child’s Anxiety (or Even OCD?)

PSP 375: Can the Movie Inside Out 2 Help Your Child’s Anxiety (or Even OCD?)

It has been so nice to see all these films addressing our children’s mental health issues. The more these struggles can be normalized, the less stigma they’ll be for our kids!

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PSP 374: Loving the Child You Have vs The Child You Wanted

PSP 374: Loving the Child You Have vs The Child You Wanted

Raising a child with anxiety or OCD can bring with it so many struggles, including our own grief and overwhelm. It is easy, and tempting, to bury our own raw emotions around our child’s anxiety or OCD struggles. But honoring and processing our feelings is equally important.

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PSP 371: Boosting Self-Esteem During Anxiety and OCD Struggles

PSP 371: Boosting Self-Esteem During Anxiety and OCD Struggles

Anxiety and OCD can rob our kids of so many things, including their self-esteem and self-worth. It is easy for them to feel hard on themselves when their anxiety or OCD is knocking them down. Often kids are extra hard on themselves during these times.

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PSP 370: We are Your Anxious Kids All Grown Up | Conversation with Amanda Stern

PSP 370: We are Your Anxious Kids All Grown Up | Conversation with Amanda Stern

What will your anxious kids look like when all grown up? Amanda Stern and I are two possibilities. Amanda Stern is the author of the beautiful and raw memoir, Little Panic, a story about growing up with an undiagnosed panic disorder.

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PSP 367: If Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD Returns are You Starting Over?

PSP 367: If Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD Returns are You Starting Over?

There is nothing worse than seeing the first signs of anxiety or OCD return. It is a stomach dropping kind of feeling. It can bring all those old emotions flooding to the surface.

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PSP 365: Why Does My Child’s Anxiety or OCD Show Up More For ME?!

PSP 365: Why Does My Child’s Anxiety or OCD Show Up More For ME?!

One of the biggest questions I get from parents is, “Why does my child’s anxiety or OCD show up more for me?” It can be a source of contention when one parent sees all the struggles and the other parent sees nothing.

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PSP 364: How Our Parenting Styles Impact the Anxiety & OCD Journey

PSP 364: How Our Parenting Styles Impact the Anxiety & OCD Journey

Our parenting style directly impacts how we approach our child’s anxiety or OCD. How do you feel about setting boundaries? What emotions do you feel when your child is in distress? How do you feel when you pull back your accommodations around anxiety or OCD?

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PSP 362: The Use of Storytelling in Anxiety and OCD

PSP 362: The Use of Storytelling in Anxiety and OCD

It can be hard to help kids navigate anxiety and OCD. Sometimes adding some creative ways to help validate, normalize and build skills to handle anxiety or OCD can be gold! One of my favorite ways to do that is through storytelling.

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PSP 361: A Parenting Journey Raising a Child with Emetophobia 

PSP 361: A Parenting Journey Raising a Child with Emetophobia 

Raising a child with Emetophobia, the fear of throw up, can be an isolating experience. It brings with it all sorts of fears. What if they can’t overcome their struggles? What if they can’t go to school? What if they stop eating entirely?

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PSP 360: Managing Our Anxiety When Our Child is Panicking

PSP 360: Managing Our Anxiety When Our Child is Panicking

Your child is paralyzed with fear. They are nauseous. They are faint. They are immobilized. It is hard to watch as a parent. For many of us it can trigger our own panicky response.

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This Mistake Grows Emetophobia (the Fear of Throwing Up) 😱

This Mistake Grows Emetophobia (the Fear of Throwing Up) 😱

So many people make this mistake when trying to tackle their Emetophobia, the fear of throwing up. They learn a ton of coping skills to handle the fear of throwing up and they make this assumption…

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PSP 359: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Children | Dr. Tamar Black

PSP 359: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Children | Dr. Tamar Black

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has been a helpful therapy modality for many people with anxiety and OCD. Often parents wonder how this therapy can be adapted to help children.

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PSP 358: Psychologist Lori Long Talks About Life with Social Anxiety

PSP 358: Psychologist Lori Long Talks About Life with Social Anxiety

One of the hardest parts about social anxiety is the feeling you are the only one with these struggles. It actually feeds into the disorder quite well. It is a story that many of us with social anxiety tell ourselves.

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Don’t Do This If You Have Anxiety or Panic Attacks

Don’t Do This If You Have Anxiety or Panic Attacks

Anxiety and panic attacks are hard to handle. They can overwhelm your entire body and immobilize you. The physical symptoms can be the most debilitating part! When we hyperfocus on the false alarm that is happening in our body, we fuel the panic and create even more physical symptoms. It can turn into a vicious loop.

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Does OCD Make Your Child Worry About an Allergic Reaction?

Does OCD Make Your Child Worry About an Allergic Reaction?

OCD loves potential problems and will convince kids that there is a way to prevent any and all possibilities. So it is no wonder that OCD has latched onto allergies. Regardless of whether your child has true allergies or not, OCD will create a list of compulsions to follow that go way above what is recommended.

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