PSP 200: How to Tell When It’s Difficult Behavior or When It’s Anxiety or OCD

PSP 200: How to Tell When It’s Difficult Behavior or When It’s Anxiety or OCD

How to Tell When It’s Difficult Behavior or When It’s Anxiety or OCD Your child is refusing to clean their room, go to bed or go to school. They are digging their heels in and it doesn’t look like they are going to budge. What are you supposed to do? Well if your child has anxiety or OCD, you might want to take an extra […]

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How to Help Kids with Perfectionism

How to Help Kids with Perfectionism

How to Help Kids with Perfectionism There is no room for mistakes. There is no room for growth. Everything must be perfect the first time or your child will crumble. Perfectionism has the power to paralyze our kids and make them give up before they even begin. Often our kids think imperfection is synonymous with failure. Ironically it is actually perfectionism that holds our kids […]

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How to Help Kids with Contamination OCD

How to Help Kids with Contamination OCD

How to Help Kids with Contamination OCD Contamination OCD can make kids feel contaminated by anything, not just germs. It can be a thought, a feeling or a person that makes something contaminated.  I have seen kids who were consumed with contamination around bodily fluids, dust, “bad” people, and cleaning supplies to just name a few! OCD can be creative on what it makes kids […]

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PSP 198: Therapist Corner with Dr. Allison Solomon and Michelle Massi, LMFT

PSP 198: Therapist Corner with Dr. Allison Solomon and Michelle Massi, LMFT

Therapist Corner with Dr. Allison Solomon and Michelle Massi, LMFT Welcome to another episode of the Therapist Corner with two of my favorite therapists, Dr. Allison Solomon and Michelle Massi, LMFT. In this episode we answer questions submitted from AT Parenting Community members. We discuss a variety of issues including: Anxiety/OCD therapy with multiple diagnoses Improving OCD skills among mental health professionals Accommodating OCD Confidentiality […]

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PSP 197: How to Not Accommodate Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD with Eli Lebowitz

PSP 197: How to Not Accommodate Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD with Eli Lebowitz

How to Not Accommodate Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD with Eli Lebowitz Anxiety and OCD is a family affair. The anxiety and OCD will hook you in, talk to you and get you to grow it. Learning how to identify how you are accommodating your child’s anxiety or OCD is key to their long-term success.   I’m honored to have Dr. Eli Lebowitz on as […]

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Helping Kids Understand Why Distraction Doesn’t Help Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Understand Why Distraction Doesn’t Help Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Understand Why Distraction Doesn’t Help Anxiety or OCD  When I ask kids what’s the main way they cope with anxiety or OCD, I almost always hear distraction. “I try to get my mind off of it,” they usually say. Unfortunately that is like putting a bandaid on a bullet hole to stop the bleeding. Ignoring the problem doesn’t make it go away, it […]

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PSP 196: How to Help Your Child with Anxiety or OCD Advocate for Themselves

PSP 196: How to Help Your Child with Anxiety or OCD Advocate for Themselves

How to Help Your Child with Anxiety or OCD Advocate for Themselves As much as we want to protect our child from anything and everything, it is important that we teach them how to advocate for themselves. This is especially true when our kids have anxiety or OCD. They need to know how to articulate how they feel and what they need. This is true […]

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Helping Kids Who are Afraid to Leave the House Due to Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Who are Afraid to Leave the House Due to Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Who are Afraid to Leave the House Due to Anxiety or OCD Does your child’s anxiety or OCD make them afraid to leave the house? Do they stay at home to avoid being triggered?  Unfortunately the more our kids avoid, the bigger their anxiety or OCD can grow. When kids don’t leave the house to avoid being triggered, they are at risk of […]

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PSP 195: How to Help Your Child Maintain Progress with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 195: How to Help Your Child Maintain Progress with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 195: How to Help Your Child Maintain Progress with Anxiety or OCD So your child has just crushed their anxiety or OCD. You are feeling on top of the world and so are they. Now what? This is often when the ball is dropped. It is often when the seeds of the next infestation of weeds are left to grow, unchecked and unmanaged. But […]

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Helping Kids with OCD Understand the Power of Exposures

Helping Kids with OCD Understand the Power of Exposures

Helping Kids with OCD Understand the Power of Exposures  Does your child struggle with OCD? Do they have intrusive thoughts, intrusive feelings, unwanted images or bad thoughts that overwhelm them? Often the way to get OCD relief is the opposite of what people think. The only evidenced-based treatment approach is a type of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) called ERP (Exposure Response Prevention). In this video […]

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Helping Kids Who Need to Take Medication for Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Who Need to Take Medication for Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Who Need to Take Medication for Anxiety or OCD Some kids will need to take Insulin to address their Diabetes, and some kids will need medication to help address their anxiety or OCD. But many kids and teens might feel nervous about the idea of medication. In this week’s Youtube video I talk about why some kids with anxiety or OCD need medication […]

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PSP 191: Should You Tell Your Child They Have Anxiety or OCD?

PSP 191: Should You Tell Your Child They Have Anxiety or OCD?

Should You Tell Your Child They Have Anxiety or OCD? Many parents worry about telling their child they have anxiety or OCD. Some worry about potentially labeling their kids. Some worry that it will make their child feel different. Others worry about the stigma the child will face. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival episode, I dive deep into the pros and cons of telling […]

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PSP 190: When OCD isn’t About Fear, But Rather Disgust

PSP 190: When OCD isn’t About Fear, But Rather Disgust

When OCD isn’t a Fear, But Rather a Feeling of Disgust Unfortunately many people believe, including some mental health professionals, that in order to have OCD you must have a core fear. Sadly, many people get misdiagnosed because people are searching up, down and all around for a fear. But OCD doesn’t have to be an intrusive thought, it can also be an intrusive feeling. […]

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PSP 189: Helping Parents Handle the Grief that Comes with an Anxiety or OCD Diagnosis

PSP 189: Helping Parents Handle the Grief that Comes with an Anxiety or OCD Diagnosis

Helping Parents Handle the Grief that Comes with an Anxiety or OCD Diagnosis Most of us had a fantasy of what parenting would look like. It might have involved Pinterest crafts, bake sales and play dates. It probably didn’t include hyperventilating, panic and avoidance. None of us signed up to parent a child with anxiety or OCD and most of us weren’t prepared to do […]

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PSP 188: Red Flags to Watch for When Working with an Anxiety or OCD Therapist

PSP 188: Red Flags to Watch for When Working with an Anxiety or OCD Therapist

Red Flags to Watch for When Working with an Anxiety or OCD Therapist Not all therapy is the same. Not all therapists are the same. And when it comes to anxiety and OCD you really want to get it right the first time. But many parents don’t know what to look for and some don’t even realize warning bells should be going off. I invited […]

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