What is Anxiety or OCD Taking Away from Your Child?

What is Anxiety or OCD Taking Away from Your Child?

Anxiety and OCD can rob us of the things we love the most. It can also be a powerful tool to motivate our kids to work on their anxiety or OCD. In this Youtube video I talk to kids and teens about what anxiety or OCD is taking away from them and what things they want to take back

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Does OCD Make Your Child Worry They Might Be a Bad Person?

Does OCD Make Your Child Worry They Might Be a Bad Person?

Learn the many disguises of OCD, including Moral OCD. Moral OCD can make a child worry they might be a bad person or turn into a bad person.

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Learn OCD’s Sneaky Moves When Your Child Starts to Make Progress

Learn OCD’s Sneaky Moves When Your Child Starts to Make Progress

OCD is so sneaky! I often say it is like playing chess with a chess master. The minute your child starts to make progress, OCD can make some head dizzying countermoves.  But don’t get too unsteady, in this week’s Youtube video I’m going to break down some of the common countermoves so OCD doesn’t throw your child or teen off track!

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Would Your Child be able to Spot New OCD Themes?

Would Your Child be able to Spot New OCD Themes?

There is one thing we know for sure, OCD likes to play whac-a-mole. OCD will shift and change over time. It wears many disguises and often goes undetected. Would your child or teen know how to spot new OCD themes when they are just starting to form? It is helpful for us as parents to understand what to look for, but even more important for our kids to know themselves!

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What’s Holding Your Child Back from Working on OCD?

What’s Holding Your Child Back from Working on OCD?

What’s holding your child back from working on OCD? The answer can be different for each person. Perhaps talking about it feels too scary or embarrassing. Maybe not listening to OCD seems too hard or too risky. For some, it might seem like too much work with not enough payoff. Whatever it might be for your child it is helpful to address those barriers head-on.

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Will OCD Ever Go Away?

Will OCD Ever Go Away?

This is the million-dollar question that people with OCD want to know. Will OCD go away? And the common follow-up question is… When will OCD go away? Ironically these questions are part of what keeps OCD around.

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OCD Isn’t Always a Fear, Sometimes it is a Feeling

OCD Isn’t Always a Fear, Sometimes it is a Feeling

OCD isn’t always a fear. This can confuse not only parents and kids but even therapists. We can be digging and digging feeling like we are missing something when in reality the problem is right in front of us. OCD doesn’t have to be about fear. There are many OCD themes that center around a feeling. These can be feelings of disgust, grossness, not just right or a feeling of incompleteness to name a few.

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How to Help Kids Deal with Change

How to Help Kids Deal with Change

We all have to experience change, but some of us go kicking and screaming. Change can be scary. It’s the unknown, and the unknown can be anxiety producing. In this week’s Youtube video I talk to kids and teens who fear change and discuss ways to cope when life inevitably throws them change.

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Helping Kids Understand Fight, Flight or Freeze Responses

Helping Kids Understand Fight, Flight or Freeze Responses

We all respond to perceived danger in different ways. It can help to understand the many ways our body and brains can respond to stress, so we are better equipped to handle it when it happens. In this week’s Youtube video I explain to kids and teens the fight, flight or freeze responses to fear and anxiety. I also discuss some ways to work through them.

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The Truth: OCD Will Never Let You Feel Comfortable

The Truth: OCD Will Never Let You Feel Comfortable

OCD hooks our kids in with a lie. If you just do this you’ll feel more comfortable. But the reality is, OCD will never let them feel comfortable. The only way through OCD is to learn how to handle the discomfort. When our kids sit in discomfort OCD loses all its power. 

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5 Things Every Child with OCD Should Know: Here is #5

5 Things Every Child with OCD Should Know: Here is #5

OCD is clever and can easily outsmart our kids by convincing them to do what feels intuitively right. If OCD says they should avoid, they avoid. If OCD says they should do something to make the discomfort go away, they do it.

In part 5 of this 5 part YouTube series, I talk to kids about how listening to what OCD wants will always grow their struggles. We talk about what ERP (Exposure Response Prevention) therapy is and how it can help.

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5 Things Every Child with OCD Should Know: Here is #4

5 Things Every Child with OCD Should Know: Here is #4

One of the biggest barriers our kids have around crushing OCD is the belief that OCD is keeping them safe. When our kids join hands with OCD and see themselves as a united front, it can be hard to convince them otherwise. In part 4 of this 5 part YouTube series, I talk to kids about how OCD is not keeping them safe and how that belief is at the heart of what is holding them back.

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5 Things Every Child with OCD Should Know: Here is #3

5 Things Every Child with OCD Should Know: Here is #3

Often kids and even parents are focusing on the wrong thing when it comes to OCD. 

They’ll ask:

How can I make these thoughts go away?

I’m doing therapy, why are the thoughts still there?

How long does it take to make these thoughts or feelings leave?

These are the wrong questions. None of us have the power to stop intrusive thoughts or feelings. The only thing we have the power over is how we respond to these thoughts and feelings.

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5 Things Every Child with OCD Should Know: Here is #2

5 Things Every Child with OCD Should Know: Here is #2

5 Things Every Child with OCD Should Know: Here is #2 This video is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the guidance of a qualified professional. The reason why OCD is so hard to control is because kids (and parents) often do what feels intuitively right – they rationalize, problem-solve and feed OCD. -If OCD says to be afraid of germs, […]

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PSP 267: Helping Kids with Emetophobia | The Fear of Throwing Up with Dawn Huebner 

PSP 267: Helping Kids with Emetophobia | The Fear of Throwing Up with Dawn Huebner 

It might surprise some people that the fear of throwing up, Emetophobia, is one of the most common anxiety and OCD themes. For those of us raising a child with it, it isn’t surprising at all! Sometimes this fear is triggered by an event or experience, but often it is the imagination alone that causes this immobilizing concern. We all throw up and many of us see others throw up, but we are able to move past it without too much residual impact.

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