PSP 146:  An Interview with Stuart Ralph from the OCD Stories

PSP 146:  An Interview with Stuart Ralph from the OCD Stories

If you really want to learn about OCD, one of the best ways to do it is by listening to the OCD Stories. The OCD Stories is a podcast, created and hosted by Stuart Ralph. He has interviewed hundreds of people with OCD and has brought a face and a narrative to what it is like to have a full life with OCD.

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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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An Inside Look into Parenting a Child with OCD & Skin Picking Disorder

An Inside Look into Parenting a Child with OCD & Skin Picking Disorder

You are not alone. That is the main message from my new segment on the AT Parenting Survival Podcast called, Member Spotlight Segment.

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PSP 144:  Surviving the Holidays with Kids Who Have Anxiety or OCD

PSP 144:  Surviving the Holidays with Kids Who Have Anxiety or OCD

I love the holidays. I mean LOVE them! But my three anxious kids can hit some pretty big bumps during the holiday season. In fact most kids who have anxiety or OCD hit a few bumps during this time of year.

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PSP 143:  How Our Expectations and Stress Impact Our Child with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 143:  How Our Expectations and Stress Impact Our Child with Anxiety or OCD

We often think there is nothing we can do if our child doesn’t work on their anxiety or OCD. I often say, we are in the passenger seat and they are in the driver’s seat. But there is one thing, one HUGE thing we can do.

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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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PSP 141: An Inside Look into Parenting a Child with OCD | Member Spotlight Segment

PSP 141: An Inside Look into Parenting a Child with OCD | Member Spotlight Segment

You are not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of parents just like you. They feel despair, they feel overwhelmed, they feel hope.

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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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PSP 140: Talking All About Self Care with Dr. Orlena

PSP 140: Talking All About Self Care with Dr. Orlena

Does “self care” equal “self-ish” to you? Often there is a negative connotation with the idea of focusing on yourself, especially when you have a child who is in crisis. Sadly, that is when self care is the most needed.

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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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PSP 138: How to Use ACT to Help Kids with OCD with Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona

PSP 138: How to Use ACT to Help Kids with OCD with Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona

One of the biggest struggles parents have is motivating their child to work on OCD. Who can blame them? Working on OCD can be extremely difficult and overwhelming. But, there is a tool in the toolbox that many parents haven’t explored – that’s ACT.

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PSP 132: What to Do When the Stress of Raising a Child with Anxiety or OCD is too Much

PSP 132: What to Do When the Stress of Raising a Child with Anxiety or OCD is too Much

What to Do When the Stress of Raising a Child with OCD or Anxiety is too Much You are done. You can’t take it anymore. When will things get better? How long is this going to last? Will things ever change? Raising a child with OCD or anxiety can be beyond exhausting. You are not alone.     Many of us have been there. We […]

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PSP 131: Sensorimotor OCD | When Kids Get too Focused on Breathing, Blinking, Swallowing and Peeing

PSP 131: Sensorimotor OCD | When Kids Get too Focused on Breathing, Blinking, Swallowing and Peeing

We all do many things without a conscious thought. Our heart beats. Our food is digested. Our breath goes in and then goes out. Our eyes lids go up and then they go down. Our bladder constantly fills. But what happens when your attention constantly goes to these automatic behaviors? Welcome to the torturous world of Sensorimotor OCD.

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PSP 130: Why Our Child’s Anxiety, OCD or Behaviors are Worse for Us

PSP 130: Why Our Child’s Anxiety, OCD or Behaviors are Worse for Us

In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast episode, I talk about why many of our kids with anxiety or OCD have the hardest time when they are us. And why it often has nothing to do with the parenting.

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