2 Powerful Ways Kids Can Crush OCD on a Daily Basis

2 Powerful Ways Kids Can Crush OCD on a Daily Basis

2 Powerful Ways Kids Can Crush OCD on a Daily Basis Often parents and even some therapists talk about addressing OCD in a one dimensional way. But there are actually two ways we want our kids to tackle OCD on a daily basis. I call it playing both defense and offense.  In this YouTube video, I explain to kids how to address their ocd both […]

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This Might be Making Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD Worse

This Might be Making Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD Worse

This Might be Making Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD Worse None of us want our child’s anxiety or OCD to get any worse than it already is. And yet, we often inadvertently help our kids grow it by feeding into resistance. “What we resist will persist” and that is true for anxiety and OCD as well.  In this week’s Youtube video I talk to kids […]

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Helping Kids When Anxiety Makes Them Feel They have to Always be Productive

Helping Kids When Anxiety Makes Them Feel They have to Always be Productive

Helping Kids When Anxiety Makes Them Feel They have to Always be Productive Anxiety can often show up in two very different ways. One is through avoidance. When a person is anxious they might avoid doing difficult things in order to avoid discomfort. I did a whole video on anxiety and procrastination here.  The other coping mechanism is to do, do, do! Anxiety will tell […]

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What Story is Your Child Telling Themselves About Their Anxiety or OCD?

What Story is Your Child Telling Themselves About Their Anxiety or OCD?

What Story is Your Child Telling Themselves About Their Anxiety or OCD? When we have anxiety or OCD, we tell ourselves a story. What story is your child or teen telling themselves? Is it a story where they are the victim, constantly being beaten down by a beast they cannot control? Is it a story of blame, blaming people and places around them? Are they […]

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PSP 228: Teaching Our Kids with OCD and Anxiety Self-Compassion with Kimberley Quinlan

PSP 228: Teaching Our Kids with OCD and Anxiety Self-Compassion with Kimberley Quinlan

Teaching Our Kids with OCD and Anxiety Self-Compassion with Kimberley Quinlan Anxiety and OCD can bring with it distress, fear and discomfort. But it can also bring self-loathing, shame, guilt and negative self-talk.  When our kids are hard on themselves, their issues can compound, making it difficult for them to use their tools to address anxiety or OCD.  In this episode of the AT Parenting […]

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PSP 226: Helping Kids with Sports Anxiety & OCD

PSP 226: Helping Kids with Sports Anxiety & OCD

Helping Kids with Sports Anxiety & OCD Anxiety and OCD love to glom onto everything our children love, including sports. It can make your child anxious, sick and panicky before a game, meet or competition. OCD can go one step further and create compulsions around the sport. I invited Cali Werner, Anxiety and OCD Clinician, athlete and author of Anxious Annie, to come on to […]

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Does Your Child think Anxiety or OCD is Keeping Them Safe?

Does Your Child think Anxiety or OCD is Keeping Them Safe?

Does Your Child think Anxiety or OCD is Keeping Them Safe? Often kids who are resistant to help will tell me their anxiety or OCD is keeping them “safe.”  I have plans, just in case… I am more cautious and it has kept me safe… I play out scenarios so I’m prepared… Although we all should have a healthy relationship with fear and intuition, anxiety […]

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How to Help Our Kids & Teens Handle Bad Dreams

How to Help Our Kids & Teens Handle Bad Dreams

How to Help Our Kids & Teens Handle Bad Dreams We all have bad dreams, but for those of us with anxious minds, we have them much more often. Unfortunately bad dreams are not only miserable to have, they can make your child fearful of going to sleep. In this week’s Youtube video I talk to kids and teens about: What they can do after […]

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How to Stop What-If Worries 

How to Stop What-If Worries 

How to Stop What-If Worries  Everyone has what-if worries, but those of us with anxiety or OCD live in them. We give them attention, grow them and feed them until they are larger than life. Until they rob us of life. In this week’s Youtube video I talk about how to stop what-if worries in their tracks and begin living a more fulfilling life. Click […]

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What are the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

What are the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

What are the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety Anxiety can show up in many different ways, including in our body. Often our mind and body don’t share information, so we miss the early signs that we are getting anxious. In this week’s Youtube video I talk about some of the physical symptoms of anxiety and how to use those symptoms to reduce your anxiety. Click here […]

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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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