Helping Anxious Kids Who Feel Like Everybody is Staring at Them

Helping Anxious Kids Who Feel Like Everybody is Staring at Them

Helping Anxious Kids Who Feel Like Everybody is Staring at Them When you have anxiety, especially social anxiety, you can think the world is a stage. The minute you leave your house, you can feel like all eyes are on you. This can be an unsettling feeling to say the least. Now add hormones and normal childhood insecurities, and those feelings can feel like a […]

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Encouraging Kids to Take Small Steps Towards Beating Anxiety or OCD

Encouraging Kids to Take Small Steps Towards Beating Anxiety or OCD

Sometimes it just seems impossible. Beating anxiety or OCD seems like an insurmountable task that is not worth taking. This is especially true for our kids. When just getting them to do their homework or eat healthy is an uphill battle, how on earth can we encourage them to take steps towards their fear?

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Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD who have Holiday Overwhelm

Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD who have Holiday Overwhelm

Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD who have Holiday Overwhelm   What can be wrong with lots of time off, plenty of parties, some pent up excitement and gift giving? Lots actually, especially if you are a child with anxiety or OCD. It is not unusual for kids to struggle a bit more during the holidays. The reason for this varies depending on the child’s […]

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Helping Kids with OCD Understand Mental Compulsions

Helping Kids with OCD Understand Mental Compulsions

Sometimes OCD compulsions hide in the silence of the mind. Mental compulsions are often missed and are left unchecked. Parents will often ask me, “How can I stop my child from having mental compulsions.”

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A Quick Hack for Kids to Reduce Anxiety

A Quick Hack for Kids to Reduce Anxiety

As a child therapist, I am often asked what to do when a child is in the middle of complete panic. Their brain has shut off and it can seem like there are no good options to help them. So how are you supposed to reduce anxiety?

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Helping Kids Understand Sensorimotor OCD

Helping Kids Understand Sensorimotor OCD

When people think of OCD they think of a “neat freak” or a “germaphobe.” Neither of which really sums up OCD. But one sub-type of OCD that is often misunderstood is Sensorimotor OCD.

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Helping Kids Who Get Overwhelmed in Crowds

Helping Kids Who Get Overwhelmed in Crowds

Some people look at a crowd and see fun and energy, while other people see a lack of air and nowhere to escape. I am definitely the latter of the two and I know many anxious kids are right there with me!

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Does Your Child Try to Hide Their Anxiety or OCD?

Does Your Child Try to Hide Their Anxiety or OCD?

It’s boring. It’s stupid. I just don’t want to go. I am tired. It’s a habit. It’s just something I do. It’s not anxiety. It’s not Ocd. You think everything is anxiety or OCD.

Does that sound familiar?

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How to Help a Child Who Gets Images Stuck in Their Head

How to Help a Child Who Gets Images Stuck in Their Head

How to Help a Child Who Gets Images Stuck in Their Head We all get songs stuck in our head from time to time. But kids with anxiety or OCD have “sticky” minds. Things get stuck in their brains all the time. When a child gets images stuck in their head, it can cause some serious distress. They might wonder:   When will this image […]

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Did You Know it is OCD Awareness Week? What that Means for Your Child

Did You Know it is OCD Awareness Week? What that Means for Your Child

I know there are a bazillion awareness weeks and months. Every cause, issue or disease has a color or a month. But I wanted to talk to you about why OCD Awareness Week is so important and how you can take part with even the smallest of gestures.

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Teaching Kids How to Protect Their Anxious Minds

Teaching Kids How to Protect Their Anxious Minds

If you want to not only survive, but thrive with anxiety – you have to learn how to protect the anxious mind. Our anxious minds are sponges to bad things. It files things away, only to torture us later on with it.

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Teaching Kids the Mind Body Connection: When Anxiety Physically Hurts

Teaching Kids the Mind Body Connection: When Anxiety Physically Hurts

Anxiety doesn’t just live in our mind, it lives in our body as well. It can cause stomachaches, headaches, dizziness, shaking, diarrhea… just to name a few. Teaching kids the mind body connection can reduce the anxiety felt about these physical symptoms.

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When Your Child’s Feelings of Worry Turn into Embarrassment and Anger

When Your Child’s Feelings of Worry Turn into Embarrassment and Anger

Your child doesn’t want to participate. Inside, feelings of worry, overwhelm and panic are setting in. Outside they are starting to feel embarrassed and angry. The teacher doesn’t get the hint.

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How to Talk to Your Parents About Anxiety or OCD

How to Talk to Your Parents About Anxiety or OCD

I have gotten many requests from kids on my Youtube channel to make a video on how to talk to their parents about anxiety or OCD. This breaks my heart. Kids are struggling and suffering silently. Perhaps there are loving, caring parents nipping at the bit to help, if they only knew?

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Helping Kids Who Think Everybody Hates Me!

Helping Kids Who Think Everybody Hates Me!

Helping Kids Who Think Everybody Hates Me! Do you find that no matter where you go or what your child is doing, they always say, “everybody hates me!”   Perhaps it baffles you because you see your child talking to other kids. You see them laughing. You see people waving at them. They have friends to play with at recess. They are invited to birthday […]

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