How to Help Kids Who Feel Isolated and Alone Right Now

How to Help Kids Who Feel Isolated and Alone Right Now

Many of our kids have a hard time being social with other kids. Some have social anxiety that makes them fear rejection and criticism. Others often feel too overwhelmed and depleted to be social. Unfortunately with the global shutdown, many kids are finding themselves even more isolated from their peers. School closures are limiting social connections and for those with social issues – the isolation is even more severe.

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How to Help Kids Handle “What-If” Worries

How to Help Kids Handle “What-If” Worries

How to Help Kids Handle “What-If” Worries Anxiety loves the What if game. What if…I die? What if …you die? What if… I throw up? What if…the world explodes? When kids play the What if game with anxiety, they will almost always lose. In this week’s Ask the Child Therapist Kid/Teen Youtube video, I talk to kids about how to handle What-if thoughts and stop them […]

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Helping Kids Who Get Images Stuck in Their Head

Helping Kids Who Get Images Stuck in Their Head

People think OCD is about germs or neatness, but many don’t realize that OCD can cause images to get “stuck” in a child’s head.

This isn’t about seeing something upsetting and worrying about it. This is about a particular image, scene or character literally “stuck” in their head.

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How to Explain the Coronavirus to Kids with Anxiety or OCD

How to Explain the Coronavirus to Kids with Anxiety or OCD

Our kids worry about death. They worry about disease. They worry about germs. And even if they don’t worry about those things now, who’s to say they won’t start? So how are we supposed to explain the Coronavirus to kids with anxiety or OCD?

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Helping Kids with Emetophobia, the Fear of Throwing Up

Helping Kids with Emetophobia, the Fear of Throwing Up

No one likes the idea of throw up. No one likes getting sick. But when you have a child with Emetophobia (the fear of throwing up), they are consumed with the idea of throw up. Will they see someone who throws up? Will they throw up? Will they catch something that will make them throw up?

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How to Teach Anxious Kids to Deal with Mean People

How to Teach Anxious Kids to Deal with Mean People

Anxious kids often have a hidden superpower. They are some of the kindest human beings on this planet. They are thoughtful, considerate and empathetic.They can soak up other people’s emotions and feel other people’s pain. So what happens when they become the target of a mean child. A child who is the opposite of thoughtful. The opposite of considerate. The opposite of empathetic.

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Helping Kids Decide: Should I Tell My Friends About My Anxiety or OCD?

Helping Kids Decide: Should I Tell My Friends About My Anxiety or OCD?

To tell or not to tell. That is a common question I get asked by both parents and children alike. Is it a good idea for their friends to know they have anxiety or OCD? Could it be harmful?

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Help for Anxious Kids Who Worry About Trying Something New

Help for Anxious Kids Who Worry About Trying Something New

Do you cringe when you sign your anxious child up for something new? Do you have a mini heart attack when you are planning to move your child to a new home, visit a new place or have a new experience?

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Helping Anxious Kids Who Feel Like Everybody is Staring at Them

Helping Anxious Kids Who Feel Like Everybody is Staring at Them

Helping Anxious Kids Who Feel Like Everybody is Staring at Them When you have anxiety, especially social anxiety, you can think the world is a stage. The minute you leave your house, you can feel like all eyes are on you. This can be an unsettling feeling to say the least. Now add hormones and normal childhood insecurities, and those feelings can feel like a […]

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Encouraging Kids to Take Small Steps Towards Beating Anxiety or OCD

Encouraging Kids to Take Small Steps Towards Beating Anxiety or OCD

Sometimes it just seems impossible. Beating anxiety or OCD seems like an insurmountable task that is not worth taking. This is especially true for our kids. When just getting them to do their homework or eat healthy is an uphill battle, how on earth can we encourage them to take steps towards their fear?

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Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD who have Holiday Overwhelm

Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD who have Holiday Overwhelm

Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD who have Holiday Overwhelm   What can be wrong with lots of time off, plenty of parties, some pent up excitement and gift giving? Lots actually, especially if you are a child with anxiety or OCD. It is not unusual for kids to struggle a bit more during the holidays. The reason for this varies depending on the child’s […]

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Helping Kids with OCD Understand Mental Compulsions

Helping Kids with OCD Understand Mental Compulsions

Sometimes OCD compulsions hide in the silence of the mind. Mental compulsions are often missed and are left unchecked. Parents will often ask me, “How can I stop my child from having mental compulsions.”

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A Quick Hack for Kids to Reduce Anxiety

A Quick Hack for Kids to Reduce Anxiety

As a child therapist, I am often asked what to do when a child is in the middle of complete panic. Their brain has shut off and it can seem like there are no good options to help them. So how are you supposed to reduce anxiety?

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Helping Kids Understand Sensorimotor OCD

Helping Kids Understand Sensorimotor OCD

When people think of OCD they think of a “neat freak” or a “germaphobe.” Neither of which really sums up OCD. But one sub-type of OCD that is often misunderstood is Sensorimotor OCD.

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Helping Kids Who Get Overwhelmed in Crowds

Helping Kids Who Get Overwhelmed in Crowds

Some people look at a crowd and see fun and energy, while other people see a lack of air and nowhere to escape. I am definitely the latter of the two and I know many anxious kids are right there with me!

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