What to Do When Your Child Thinks OCD is Keeping Them Safe

What to Do When Your Child Thinks OCD is Keeping Them Safe

I often hear, “I can’t do that exposure, OCD is keeping me safe!” Unfortunately when a child believes OCD is keeping them safe, it makes it almost impossible for them to agree to exposures.

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Helping Your Kids See How Summer is the Time to Work on Anxiety or OCD

Helping Your Kids See How Summer is the Time to Work on Anxiety or OCD

Ahhh. You finally have a nice break. Your child is curled up on the couch with little to no plans of ever moving. And frankly, you feel the same way. It might have been a tough school year of stress, anxiety and challenges. But ironically, there is no better time than the summer to work on anxiety or OCD.

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How to Help Kids Handle Downtime with Anxiety or OCD

How to Help Kids Handle Downtime with Anxiety or OCD

Summer is here and most kids are ecstatic. But kids with anxiety or OCD can feel some dread. Dread over the downtime. Dread over the slow pace that invites anxiety or OCD to take center stage.

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Helping My Child Understand OCD Intrusive Thoughts

Helping My Child Understand OCD Intrusive Thoughts

“Why on earth did I think that?!” – that is at the heart of many OCD Intrusive thoughts. The fear of the thought itself. Having disturbing thoughts is….disturbing. But what is even more upsetting is that you had the thought at all.

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How to Help Kids with Just Right OCD

How to Help Kids with Just Right OCD

Your child is stuck. They are on a permanent loop that will not end. They have to do it again and again and again. Time passes but they cannot move on. Your child is not trying to make it perfect. They are not trying to do their best. They are just waiting until it feels “just right.” Welcome to the world of Just Right OCD.

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PSP 118: What it is Like Growing Up with OCD with John Tessitore

PSP 118: What it is Like Growing Up with OCD with John Tessitore

Have you ever wondered what your child with OCD is going through? What their life is like growing up with OCD?

I had the pleasure of talking to John Tessitore, the founder of the JCK Foundation. He was willing to get raw with me and share some personal details of what life was like growing up with thoughts he hid from the outside world.

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Teaching Anxious Kids to Back Burner Future Worries

Teaching Anxious Kids to Back Burner Future Worries

Does your child worry weeks and months in advance about things that are happening in the future? Anxious kids are consumed with future worries. It keeps them up at night and gives them stomach pain during the day. Teaching anxious kids how to deal with these worries can significantly reduce their stress.

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Does Your Sensitive Child Crumble When People Yell or Have a Tone?

Does Your Sensitive Child Crumble When People Yell or Have a Tone?

Don’t feel alone raising a child with anxiety or OCD. Tell me your biggest struggle and I will give you a video tip and resource guide based on your particular needs. YES! PLEASE HELP Does Your Sensitive Child Crumble When People Yell or Have a Tone? How many times have you heard, “Stop yelling at me!” When you are calmly telling your sensitive child what […]

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A 7 Year Old’s Favorite Children’s Books on Feelings

A 7 Year Old’s Favorite Children’s Books on Feelings

Don’t feel alone raising a child with anxiety or OCD. Tell me your biggest struggle and I will give you a video tip and resource guide based on your particular needs. YES! PLEASE HELP A 7 Year Old’s Favorite Children’s Books on Feelings One of my favorite ways to help my kids with emotions is through books. Kids learn the best through stories. Sometimes we […]

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Helping Kids with OCD Handle Over Wiping After Going to the Bathroom

Helping Kids with OCD Handle Over Wiping After Going to the Bathroom

There is a common OCD problem that no one likes to talk about – over wiping.

OCD loves to make our kids doubt. Doubt their safety, doubt their cleanliness and doubt their completenessdoubt their completeness.

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Teach Kids that Focusing on the Moment Can Reduce Anxiety

Teach Kids that Focusing on the Moment Can Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety loves to live in the past and in the future. Teaching kids how to live in the moment can help reduce anxiety.

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Teaching Kids their Attitude Towards Life with Anxiety or OCD Matters!

Teaching Kids their Attitude Towards Life with Anxiety or OCD Matters!

I can’t do this. This sucks! I’m going to have the WORST day ever. I’ll never beat this! Life with anxiety or OCD can conjure up all sorts of negative thoughts like that. And who is to blame a child for having those feelings. Anxiety or OCD is overwhelming.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 117: How to Help your Child When Fighting Anxiety or OCD Seems like too Much

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 117: How to Help your Child When Fighting Anxiety or OCD Seems like too Much

Sometimes anxiety or OCD is just too overwhelming. Sometimes fighting anxiety or OCD can seem like too much for kids (or for anyone for that matter!).

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 116 Kids Edition: When Kids Focus on Helping Others, it Can Help Decrease Anxiety or OCD as Well

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 116 Kids Edition: When Kids Focus on Helping Others, it Can Help Decrease Anxiety or OCD as Well

Don’t feel alone raising a child with anxiety or OCD. Tell me your biggest struggle and I will give you a video tip and resource guide based on your particular needs. YES! PLEASE HELP When Kids Focus on Helping Others, it Can Help Decrease Anxiety or OCD as Well When you are living with anxiety or OCD it can be all consuming. It can take […]

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 115 Kids Edition: When Anxiety Impacts Your Social Skills

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 115 Kids Edition: When Anxiety Impacts Your Social Skills

Anxiety can wreak havoc over so many aspects of our children’s life. One area that sometimes gets overlooked is how anxiety impacts our children’s social skills.

Anxiety makes kids over analyze and doubt everything – including their social interactions!

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