How to Help Kids Stop Panic Attacks

How to Help Kids Stop Panic Attacks

How to Help Kids Stop Panic Attacks Panic attacks suck. I know this not only because I am an anxiety & OCD therapist, but because I used to suffer from them as well. I have also unfortunately watched my own kids suffer from them. Genetics can be so annoying sometimes! Through my own struggles and those of so many kids I’ve helped, I’ve noticed what […]

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How to Stop Catastrophic Thinking in Kids with Anxiety

How to Stop Catastrophic Thinking in Kids with Anxiety

How to Stop Catastrophic Thinking in Kids with Anxiety What if you die while I sleep? What if I throw up at school? What if I trip and everyone laughs at me? What if an asteroid hits the earth? What if I fail this test and grow up to be homeless? Catastrophic thinking takes our kids out of the now and puts them firmly into […]

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How to Help Our Kids Get OCD Relief

How to Help Our Kids Get OCD Relief

How to Help Our Kids Get OCD Relief It is so hard to watch as our kids struggle with OCD. As parents all we want is for our kids to get some OCD relief. But how are we supposed to do that? Especially if they don’t feel like they are ready to work on it? In this latest Youtube video, I talk about getting OCD […]

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What are the Signs of Social Anxiety? It’s Often Not What People Think.

What are the Signs of Social Anxiety? It’s Often Not What People Think.

What are the Signs of Social Anxiety? It’s Often Not What People Think. Parents often miss the mark with social anxiety. They think it means a timid child, a shy child clinging to their pant legs or a child who lacks social skills. Although a child with social anxiety can have those attributes, that’s not what makes someone have social anxiety. In fact, you can […]

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What to Do When OCD Makes Your Child Doubt They Have OCD

What to Do When OCD Makes Your Child Doubt They Have OCD

What to Do When OCD Makes Your Child Doubt They Have OCD OCD loves to make people doubt. It loves to make people doubt so much that it can even make them doubt they have OCD. Even when they have been diagnosed. Even when they have been successful in treatment. Often this doubt comes when OCD is desperate, when the person has made some great […]

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PSP 182: How to Help an Anxious Kid Wear a Mask

PSP 182: How to Help an Anxious Kid Wear a Mask

How to Help an Anxious Kid Wear a Mask Masks are a struggle for many kids, but if your child has anxiety or OCD it can be a much BIGGER struggle. This could be due to many reasons. Maybe they feel claustrophobic. Maybe they have sensory issues. Or maybe they have social anxiety and it seems embarrassing. Regardless of what the struggle is the end […]

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How to Help a Child with Anxiety or OCD Who has a Hard Time Making Decisions

How to Help a Child with Anxiety or OCD Who has a Hard Time Making Decisions

How to Help a Child with Anxiety or OCD Who has a Hard Time Making Decisions Kids with anxiety or OCD often have a hard time making decisions. This can be for many different reasons. An anxious child might worry that they’ll miss out if they make the “wrong” decision. They might not feel confident in their ability to make their own decisions. A child […]

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What to Do When OCD Makes a Child Feel Like they are Lying

What to Do When OCD Makes a Child Feel Like they are Lying

What to Do When OCD Makes a Child Feel Like they are Lying Many kids with Moral OCD worry that they might be lying. This type of intrusive thought often gets missed because the compulsions around the thought are so subtle. I want pizza… I think. I had a good day… I guess. The very act of talking, making decisions and answering questions becomes a […]

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Teaching Our Kids How to Deal with Uncertainty During These Changing Times

Teaching Our Kids How to Deal with Uncertainty During These Changing Times

Teaching Our Kids How to Deal with Uncertainty During These Changing Times All the changes and uncertainty have been enough to make my head spin! But what if you had anxiety or OCD and you already lived in panic, you already lived with the fear of uncertainty? Uncertainty and doubt are the hallmarks of anxiety and OCD and they have become the hallmark for society […]

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What Effective OCD Treatment Looks Like (and Doesn’t Look Like).

What Effective OCD Treatment Looks Like (and Doesn’t Look Like).

What Effective OCD Treatment Looks Like (and Doesn’t Look Like). Getting OCD treatment from a general therapist who doesn’t specialize in OCD is like going to your primary care physician to get a heart transplant. Proper OCD treatment requires an understanding of evidenced-based treatment approaches, most of which are not taught in graduate school (don’t get me on that soap box). If you suffer with […]

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Helping Kids with Intrusive Thoughts

Helping Kids with Intrusive Thoughts

Helping Kids with Intrusive Thoughts We all have intrusive thoughts, but when you have OCD those thoughts get stuck in your head. They get loud and constant and are hard to ignore. So how is someone meant to get any relief from OCD and these thoughts? It is often the opposite of what you may think. OCD wants you to argue with it. It wants […]

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Helping Kids Understand Misophonia | Sound Rage

Helping Kids Understand Misophonia | Sound Rage

Helping Kids Understand Misophonia | Sound Rage “Just deal with it! No one likes the sound of his chewing.” That’s often how parents deal with Misophonia, a neurologically based disorder where auditory stimuli is misinterpreted in the central nervous system. When parents misunderstand Misophonia it leaves kids feeling overwhelmed and guilty. They might wonder, why can’t I tolerate certain sounds like everyone else? In this […]

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Helping Anxious Kids Who Hate Losing

Helping Anxious Kids Who Hate Losing

Helping Anxious Kids Who Hate Losing The board game goes flying, the game control gets thrown or the ball gets kicked out of the yard. That’s how many anxious kids cope with losing, it’s just simply too much to handle. It’s not surprising that some anxious kids hate losing. Anxious kids can hold themselves to a higher standard than others. They must give their best, […]

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What is HOCD and Why is it Never Talked About?

What is HOCD and Why is it Never Talked About?

What is HOCD and Why is it Never Talked About? “Can I private message you.” Is normally how it starts. “My child has an issue that I am nervous to discuss in front of others.” More often than not, they want to talk about HOCD, also known as Homosexual OCD. I prefer the newer term, Sexual Orientation OCD, as it is more encompassing and much […]

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Things Kids Can Do to Prevent OCD from Getting Worse

Things Kids Can Do to Prevent OCD from Getting Worse

Things Kids Can Do to Prevent OCD from Getting Worse When our kids have OCD it can feel like we are losing control. New compulsions are popping up all the time and all our efforts can seem futile. That is why it is so important to give our kids the tools to help themselves. Educating them on what OCD is and how it works is […]

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