Helping Kids Who Get Anxious Watching the News

Helping Kids Who Get Anxious Watching the News

Helping Kids Who Get Anxious Watching the News The news can be overwhelming to many of us, but if you are a kid with anxiety or OCD it can all be too much. Being flooded with images and stories of doom and gloom can impact your child’s level of anxiety or OCD. But what if you have a teen who controls what they watch and […]

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How to Help Kids with Perfectionism

How to Help Kids with Perfectionism

How to Help Kids with Perfectionism There is no room for mistakes. There is no room for growth. Everything must be perfect the first time or your child will crumble. Perfectionism has the power to paralyze our kids and make them give up before they even begin. Often our kids think imperfection is synonymous with failure. Ironically it is actually perfectionism that holds our kids […]

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How to Help Kids with Contamination OCD

How to Help Kids with Contamination OCD

How to Help Kids with Contamination OCD Contamination OCD can make kids feel contaminated by anything, not just germs. It can be a thought, a feeling or a person that makes something contaminated.  I have seen kids who were consumed with contamination around bodily fluids, dust, “bad” people, and cleaning supplies to just name a few! OCD can be creative on what it makes kids […]

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Helping Kids Understand Why Distraction Doesn’t Help Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Understand Why Distraction Doesn’t Help Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Understand Why Distraction Doesn’t Help Anxiety or OCD  When I ask kids what’s the main way they cope with anxiety or OCD, I almost always hear distraction. “I try to get my mind off of it,” they usually say. Unfortunately that is like putting a bandaid on a bullet hole to stop the bleeding. Ignoring the problem doesn’t make it go away, it […]

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Helping Kids Who are Afraid to Leave the House Due to Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Who are Afraid to Leave the House Due to Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Who are Afraid to Leave the House Due to Anxiety or OCD Does your child’s anxiety or OCD make them afraid to leave the house? Do they stay at home to avoid being triggered?  Unfortunately the more our kids avoid, the bigger their anxiety or OCD can grow. When kids don’t leave the house to avoid being triggered, they are at risk of […]

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Helping Kids with OCD Understand the Power of Exposures

Helping Kids with OCD Understand the Power of Exposures

Helping Kids with OCD Understand the Power of Exposures  Does your child struggle with OCD? Do they have intrusive thoughts, intrusive feelings, unwanted images or bad thoughts that overwhelm them? Often the way to get OCD relief is the opposite of what people think. The only evidenced-based treatment approach is a type of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) called ERP (Exposure Response Prevention). In this video […]

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How to Help Kids Who Worry They Will Never Fall Asleep

How to Help Kids Who Worry They Will Never Fall Asleep

How to Help Kids Who Worry They Will Never Fall Asleep “But what if I don’t fall asleep?” That’s a question many of us hear from our anxious kids at bedtime. The ironic thing is, the more a child worries they won’t fall asleep, the harder it actually is to do it!   So how do you get your kids out of this vicious loop? […]

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How to Help Kids Stop Panic Attacks

How to Help Kids Stop Panic Attacks

How to Help Kids Stop Panic Attacks Panic attacks suck. I know this not only because I am an anxiety & OCD therapist, but because I used to suffer from them as well. I have also unfortunately watched my own kids suffer from them. Genetics can be so annoying sometimes! Through my own struggles and those of so many kids I’ve helped, I’ve noticed what […]

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How to Stop Catastrophic Thinking in Kids with Anxiety

How to Stop Catastrophic Thinking in Kids with Anxiety

How to Stop Catastrophic Thinking in Kids with Anxiety What if you die while I sleep? What if I throw up at school? What if I trip and everyone laughs at me? What if an asteroid hits the earth? What if I fail this test and grow up to be homeless? Catastrophic thinking takes our kids out of the now and puts them firmly into […]

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How to Help Our Kids Get OCD Relief

How to Help Our Kids Get OCD Relief

How to Help Our Kids Get OCD Relief It is so hard to watch as our kids struggle with OCD. As parents all we want is for our kids to get some OCD relief. But how are we supposed to do that? Especially if they don’t feel like they are ready to work on it? In this latest Youtube video, I talk about getting OCD […]

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What are the Signs of Social Anxiety? It’s Often Not What People Think.

What are the Signs of Social Anxiety? It’s Often Not What People Think.

What are the Signs of Social Anxiety? It’s Often Not What People Think. Parents often miss the mark with social anxiety. They think it means a timid child, a shy child clinging to their pant legs or a child who lacks social skills. Although a child with social anxiety can have those attributes, that’s not what makes someone have social anxiety. In fact, you can […]

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What to Do When OCD Makes Your Child Doubt They Have OCD

What to Do When OCD Makes Your Child Doubt They Have OCD

What to Do When OCD Makes Your Child Doubt They Have OCD OCD loves to make people doubt. It loves to make people doubt so much that it can even make them doubt they have OCD. Even when they have been diagnosed. Even when they have been successful in treatment. Often this doubt comes when OCD is desperate, when the person has made some great […]

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PSP 182: How to Help an Anxious Kid Wear a Mask

PSP 182: How to Help an Anxious Kid Wear a Mask

How to Help an Anxious Kid Wear a Mask Masks are a struggle for many kids, but if your child has anxiety or OCD it can be a much BIGGER struggle. This could be due to many reasons. Maybe they feel claustrophobic. Maybe they have sensory issues. Or maybe they have social anxiety and it seems embarrassing. Regardless of what the struggle is the end […]

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How to Help a Child with Anxiety or OCD Who has a Hard Time Making Decisions

How to Help a Child with Anxiety or OCD Who has a Hard Time Making Decisions

How to Help a Child with Anxiety or OCD Who has a Hard Time Making Decisions Kids with anxiety or OCD often have a hard time making decisions. This can be for many different reasons. An anxious child might worry that they’ll miss out if they make the “wrong” decision. They might not feel confident in their ability to make their own decisions. A child […]

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What to Do When OCD Makes a Child Feel Like they are Lying

What to Do When OCD Makes a Child Feel Like they are Lying

What to Do When OCD Makes a Child Feel Like they are Lying Many kids with Moral OCD worry that they might be lying. This type of intrusive thought often gets missed because the compulsions around the thought are so subtle. I want pizza… I think. I had a good day… I guess. The very act of talking, making decisions and answering questions becomes a […]

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