Did you know there is actually a condition that makes people rage when they hear certain sounds? It’s true. Some kids aren’t trying to be difficult, they truly hear sound differently than you. Kids with Misophonia are distressed and overwhelmed when they hear certain sounds. These sounds trigger their limbic system and can cause intense rage and emotional volatility.
When I was a kid the first thing that happened when I was nervous wasn’t in my head, in was in my stomach. In fact, sometimes I didn’t even know I was nervous until my stomach gave me a clue. Feeling sick to your stomach can be a common struggle with you are dealing with anxiety.
OCD is a complete bully. It tells your kids what to do and how to do it. It makes them worry about things they know will never happen. It hijacks their fears and presents them as real. It is truly a cruel disorder. But there is hope. Kids can learn to fight OCD by bullying it back.
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If you have a child with Anxiety or OCD in your home, you probably also have fear living there as well. Fear loves to cozy up with our kids and boss them around. Sometimes it can seem too daunting to beat fear. Fear can seem omnipresent and all powerful to our little people (and sometimes ourselves as well).
I teach kids that they don’t have to take big swings at fear to win. Fear can swing back and knock them off their feet. But I do teach kids that they can push back. They can make fear wait. They can poke back at fear and move towards it instead of away from it.
One of the most common questions I get asked is, “How do I know if I have OCD?” This question comes from parents, and it even comes from kids directly.
People don’t get OCD, so there is major confusion when trying to figure out if you have OCD or not. Parents often waste valuable time because they don’t recognize the signs of OCD.
Is your child a “saver.” Do they have drawers and buckets full of “treasures?” Do they have a huge meltdown if they have to get rid of anything? If you have a child who won’t throw anything away – it might be good to start addressing the issue early.
If your child has anxiety or OCD the brain loves to tune into the worry channel. These thoughts can consume a young brain and make it almost impossible to focus on anything else. In this week’s Kids Youtube video I teach kids how to take back their mind with this ninja tip.
Knock Knock. Whose there? Anxiety! Anxiety loves to come knocking on your child’s door. In fact the very act of focusing on anxiety, causes anxiety to dig it’s claws deeper! That’s just cruel. So how do you help your child not focus on something that is wanting – no, DEMANDING their attention?
You have read all the anxiety books. You have filled your child up to the brim with coping skills for anxiety. You feel like you have done anything and everything to empower your child to crush their anxiety. So why do they refuse to use any of their coping skills? Why do they shutdown or worse, lash out when you try to offer them help?
Exposure Response Prevention, most commonly referred to as ERP, is without a doubt the most effective treatment approach to combating OCD. The tricky part… Getting kids to buy into ERP and see why it is beneficial.