Helping Kids Understand the Difference Between Obsessions and Compulsions

Helping Kids Understand the Difference Between Obsessions and Compulsions

Helping Kids Understand the Difference Between Obsessions and Compulsions The biggest gift we can give our kids with OCD is knowledge. The more they understand how OCD works, the more effective they’ll be at crushing it. One of the biggest areas of confusion is the difference between obsessions and compulsions and why it matters. In this week’s Youtube video, I explain to kids and teens […]

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How to Help Teens Overcome a Fear of Driving

How to Help Teens Overcome a Fear of Driving

How to Help Teens Overcome a Fear of Driving “I’ll do it tomorrow.” That’s what many of us hear when we are trying to coax our teens to start practicing driving. And who can blame them, even teens without anxiety are scared to drive! But avoidance will only grow the fear over time.  In this week’s Youtube video, I talk to teens about their fear […]

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How to Help Kids Not Care What Other People think

How to Help Kids Not Care What Other People think

How to Help Kids Not Care What Other People think What if people notice? What if people laugh? What if people judge? What if… What if… Our kids (and us too) can spend so much time worrying about what other people think that we forget to enjoy the moment. It robs us from experiencing life. It can consume our thoughts and dictate our actions. In […]

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How to Help Your Kids Travel with Anxiety

How to Help Your Kids Travel with Anxiety

How to Help Your Kids Travel with Anxiety It can be touch and go traveling with any child, but when you add anxiety to the mix it can get tricky! As we travel around this summer we are dealing with not only my own anxiety, but all of my children’s anxieties as well! With three kids, with three completely different issues, it seemed as if […]

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How to Overcome OCD: What Many People Get Wrong

How to Overcome OCD: What Many People Get Wrong

OHow to Overcome OCD: What Many People Get Wrong Often in my practice people asked, “Natasha, when will the OCD thoughts and feelings go away?” I would tell them they are asking the wrong question. What they should be asking is, “When will I be able to handle the discomfort these thoughts and feelings cause?” Because that is really what we are doing in OCD […]

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OCD and Numbers: How to Help Our Kids Break Free

OCD and Numbers: How to Help Our Kids Break Free

OCD and Numbers: How to Help Our Kids Break Free Numbers can imprison our kids and turn them into counting machines. Often kids with OCD will have a favorite number or set of numbers. They might have a hated number or set of numbers. They might have to do things in evens or odds, but never both. In this week’s Youtube video, I talk to […]

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Helping Kids When OCD Makes them Fearful of Lying

Helping Kids When OCD Makes them Fearful of Lying

Helping Kids When OCD Makes them Fearful of Lying OCD likes to bother kids about many things. It likes to tell them they might do something they would never do. It makes them question what they say and how they say it.  Often with Moral OCD, kids will become fearful of lying. They might worry that they will lie, that they did lie or that […]

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How to Help When Anxiety Teams Up with Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

How to Help When Anxiety Teams Up with Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

How to Help When Anxiety Teams Up with Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) Often kids will talk about FOMO, the fear of missing out. It is usually a casual term that means you worry you might be missing out on something good. Unfortunately anxiety can glum onto this and make FOMO a truly debilitating struggle. In this week’s Youtube video, I talk to kids and […]

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How Confessing OCD Thoughts Grows Your Child’s OCD

How Confessing OCD Thoughts Grows Your Child’s OCD

How Confessing OCD Thoughts Grows Your Child’s OCD Many parents don’t realize that when our kids “confess” their ocd thoughts, they are often partaking in an OCD compulsion. Confessing behavior is almost always missed by parents. They often readily offer reassurance not realizing they are actually talking to their child’s OCD, not their child. So regardless of whether your child is getting effective treatment for […]

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How Avoidance Grows Our child’s Anxiety or OCD

How Avoidance Grows Our child’s Anxiety or OCD

How Avoidance Grows Our child’s Anxiety or OCD Most parents don’t see avoidance as an integral part of their child’s anxiety or OCD. They often don’t realize that avoidance is one of the fastest ways to grow anxiety. It is also one of the most common types of compulsions in OCD. In this week’s Youtube video for kids and teens, I discuss how avoidance grows […]

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What’s the Difference Between Depersonalization and Derealization

What’s the Difference Between Depersonalization and Derealization

What’s the Difference Between Depersonalization and Derealization Many of our kids with anxiety or panic struggle with feelings of depersonalization and/or derealization. It can be a scary, confusing feeling for both your child and yourself. In this week’s Youtube video I talk about what the difference is between depersonalization and derealization – and if it really matters? Also, I touch on the more important question. […]

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How to Help Our Kids when Anxiety and OCD Lead to Depression

How to Help Our Kids when Anxiety and OCD Lead to Depression

How to Help Our Kids when Anxiety and OCD Lead to Depression  Having anxiety or OCD can be depressing. It can make your child feel hopeless, overwhelmed and discouraged. It can rob them of the things they used to enjoy one fear and one compulsion at a time. Clinical Depression can be a comorbid condition with anxiety or OCD, but in this Youtube video I […]

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How to Help Our Kids Create Daily Structure to Help OCD & Anxiety

How to Help Our Kids Create Daily Structure to Help OCD & Anxiety

How to Help Our Kids Create Daily Structure to Help OCD & Anxiety More and more these days our kids are finding themselves at home. They are often at home doing school work and are socializing more online. The hustle and bustle that used to be many of their lives has taken a hit. As we enter summer in the next few months, schedules altogether […]

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Helping Kids Who Procrastinate

Helping Kids Who Procrastinate

Helping Kids Who Procrastinate “I’ll do it later.” That’s normally how it starts. “I have plenty of time.” That’s how it continues. “I can’t do it! I don’t have enough time.” That’s how it ends. Welcome to the world of procrastination. Anxious kids are either one extreme or the other. Kids who procrastinate want to kick the can down the road until the road comes […]

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Helping Kids with Public Speaking Anxiety

Helping Kids with Public Speaking Anxiety

Helping Kids with Public Speaking Anxiety One sentence that can throw many of our anxious kids into a panic is…”you’ll need to do a presentation.” Presentations are enough to make some people want to hyperventilate. I know, I was one of them. Public speaking anxiety is a common issue, but it’s even more common if you already struggle with some form of anxiety. Some of […]

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