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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Helping an Anxious Child Who Always Fears the Worst

Helping an Anxious Child Who Always Fears the Worst

If you have a child who always fears the worst, you probably get bombarded with questions like…

What if I die? What if I never wake up? What if I throw up? What if the earth blows up? What if I’m killed? What if you’re killed? What if they laugh at me? What if I get a disease? What if I fail? What if I have no friends? What if lightening hits our house? What if we have a house fire? What if someone breaks in? What if the plane crashes? What if I get hit by the ball? What if I get in trouble? What if it hurts? What if it bites or stings me?

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I Hate Puberty: How to Help Kids Who are Worried About Hormonal Changes

I Hate Puberty: How to Help Kids Who are Worried About Hormonal Changes

When your body is changing, your voice is changing, your mood is changing- it can be too much change at once! No wonder why you hear so many anxious kids say, “I hate puberty!”

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Helping Kids Who Worry About Bad Guys

Helping Kids Who Worry About Bad Guys

One of the most common worries I see in my therapy practice, is the worry about bad guys. What if someone breaks in? What if someone kidnaps me? What if someone murders me? What if I get attacked while I’m in the backyard? What if someone is hiding in my closet?

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