Is OCD Robbing Your Child of Things They Love?

Is OCD Robbing Your Child of Things They Love?

OCD doesn’t stay in its lane. It robs our kids of the things they love the most. If they love their pet, it might give them thoughts that make them avoid them. If they love their phone, it will bombard them with compulsions around it. If they love gaming, their OCD will play its own game ruining all the fun. If they want to hang out with their friends, OCD might give them a ton of reasons why that will be too triggering. What things, people and experiences does OCD rob from your child? In this week’s YouTube video I talk to kids, teens and young adults about how to find their power and take back the things they love.

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How Do OCD Exposures Work?

How Do OCD Exposures Work?

OCD exposures are at the heart of OCD treatment. When our kids learn how to do effective exposures they can crush OCD and live a life free of OCD’s bossy demands. In this week’s YouTube video I talk about why exposures are so helpful!

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OCD and the Fear You or Others May Turn into Something Else?!

OCD and the Fear You or Others May Turn into Something Else?!

OCD can cause all sorts of confusing intrusive thoughts. A common one is the OCD intrusive thought that you or someone around you may turn into something else. OCD loves doubt and this type of doubt can feel overwhelming.

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But What If My OCD Fears are REAL?

But What If My OCD Fears are REAL?

I often hear people arguing, “But my OCD fears are real!” OCD can hide behind the rationality of an intrusive thought.
But there are germs.
But that is disgusting.
But I did do that “bad” thing.
But it is unhealthy to do…
But I am allergic to…

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Hidden Superpowers in Kids with OCD

Hidden Superpowers in Kids with OCD

Hidden Superpowers in Kids with OCD
Nobody wants OCD. It can be an overwhelming, debilitating condition. But there are some common strengths in people who have OCD. While learning to crush OCD, it is important that we also celebrate our children’s attributes that make them amazing. Often we miss these things and forget to notice the aspects of our kids that make them wonderful.

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Is OCD Using Facts as a Weapon Against You?

Is OCD Using Facts as a Weapon Against You?

OCD will use everything in its power to keep you growing it, including facts. If we search, we can find literally any fact to support OCD’s lies. OCD will often take a fact and exaggerate the risk. OCD will take a fact and scare you into doing more compulsions. OCD will take facts to prove it is right.

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This Mistake Grows Emetophobia (the Fear of Throwing Up) 😱

This Mistake Grows Emetophobia (the Fear of Throwing Up) 😱

So many people make this mistake when trying to tackle their Emetophobia, the fear of throwing up. They learn a ton of coping skills to handle the fear of throwing up and they make this assumption…

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Is Your Child Trying to Satisfy OCD? That’s Not How to Beat OCD.

Is Your Child Trying to Satisfy OCD? That’s Not How to Beat OCD.

If your child is listening to OCD, they’ll never beat OCD. That’s the hard truth about learning to overcome OCD. You cannot play OCD’s games and improve. You cannot do what OCD wants and reduce OCD symptoms.

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Don’t Do This If You Have Anxiety or Panic Attacks

Don’t Do This If You Have Anxiety or Panic Attacks

Anxiety and panic attacks are hard to handle. They can overwhelm your entire body and immobilize you. The physical symptoms can be the most debilitating part! When we hyperfocus on the false alarm that is happening in our body, we fuel the panic and create even more physical symptoms. It can turn into a vicious loop.

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Tools to Beat OCD at Home

Tools to Beat OCD at Home

It can be hard to know how to beat OCD and even harder to find an OCD therapist with the expertise to guide you through it!
That is why I created my new book, Crushing OCD Workbook for Kids. I took all my clinical skills from my practice and poured it into this book so kids can learn all they need to know one engaging activity at a time.

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Who is Your Child Fighting? Their OCD or You?

Who is Your Child Fighting? Their OCD or You?

OCD loves to get our kids on the hamster wheel of rules, compulsions and avoidance. It dangles a carrot that says, “Just do what I want and all your discomfort will go away.” When our kids believe OCD’s lies they live in a world that is controlled by OCD.

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Who’s the Boss? You or OCD?

Who’s the Boss? You or OCD?

When you have OCD you hand over all power to a glitch in your brain. You allow OCD to construct rules, beliefs and compulsions that hold you prisoner. Unfortunately the more you feed this OCD glitch, the bigger the glitch grows. The rules morph, the OCD compulsions shift, and the cycle becomes never ending.

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Does Your Child’s OCD Get Stuck on Emotions?

Does Your Child’s OCD Get Stuck on Emotions?

OCD likes to hook into everything, including our child’s emotions. It is common for people to have OCD themes around emotions.

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Is Your Child Doing OCD Compulsions and Not Realizing It?!

Is Your Child Doing OCD Compulsions and Not Realizing It?!

When you have OCD it is helpful to identify the OCD compulsions you are doing that are growing your OCD and making your OCD worse. Unfortunately just because someone has OCD doesn’t mean they understand OCD.

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How OCD Grows Using Shame as a Weapon

How OCD Grows Using Shame as a Weapon

OCD doesn’t just bombard our kids with intrusive thoughts, it can also overwhelm them with intrusive emotions. Shame is one of OCD’s most powerful weapons.

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