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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PSP 178: Helping Anxious Kids Who Crumble Under Pressure

PSP 178: Helping Anxious Kids Who Crumble Under Pressure

Helping Anxious Kids Who Crumble Under Pressure Anxious kids crumble under pressure for a variety of reasons. They might worry about deadlines and school work. They might worry about the social pressures of being called on or being watched. They might fear being less than perfect or being worse than others. They might have difficulties making decisions, worried about picking the wrong choice. In this […]

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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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PSP 177: Preparing Our Anxious Kids for an Uncertain School Year

PSP 177: Preparing Our Anxious Kids for an Uncertain School Year

Preparing Our Anxious Kids for an Uncertain School Year There is one thing for sure, next school year is completely uncertain. Will kids go back to school? Will they wear masks? Will school be online or in person? There are more questions than answers when we look ahead. So how do you help an anxious child who craves consistency and stability when reality is anything […]

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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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PSP 175: Inside the Mind of A Child with Emetophobia | The Fear of Throwing Up

PSP 175: Inside the Mind of A Child with Emetophobia | The Fear of Throwing Up

Inside the Mind of A Child with Emetophobia | The Fear of Throwing Up One of the most common anxiety and OCD themes is the fear of throwing up, also known Emetophobia. It impacts kids of all ages, and has the power to completely debilitate a person. In this week’s, AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk to my own eight-year-old daughter about her struggles with […]

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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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PSP 173: What to Do When Therapy isn’t Enough for a Child with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 173: What to Do When Therapy isn’t Enough for a Child with Anxiety or OCD

What to Do When Therapy isn’t Enough for a Child with Anxiety or OCD  Your child needs help, but therapy isn’t cutting it. Maybe it’s because she refuses to go or perhaps it’s because her issues are just too intense for outpatient therapy. What’s a parent supposed to do when the help isn’t helping? Outpatient therapy is where the road starts, but not where it […]

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PSP 172: How to Handle the Stress of Raising a Child with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 172: How to Handle the Stress of Raising a Child with Anxiety or OCD

How to Handle the Stress of Raising a Child with Anxiety or OCD Raising a child with anxiety or OCD should come with a warning label, “Warning: May be hazardous to your health.” Being a rock to a child that is often flailing in the sea of chaos, can be draining to even the best of us. It can wear you down, destroy your sleep […]

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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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How to Help Kids with OCD Checking Behavior

How to Help Kids with OCD Checking Behavior

How to Help Kids with OCD Checking Behavior It starts off with a little nag. Did you do it? Are you sure? The uncertainty grows. The nagging impulse grows. Check! Check again! Until eventually the child caves and checks. But OCD checking behavior is a trap. Mental quick sand, I like to call it. It catches people in a vicious loop that they can’t get […]

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PSP 168: How to Spot OCD Symptoms in Teens

PSP 168: How to Spot OCD Symptoms in Teens

How to Spot OCD Symptoms in Teens Most kids with OCD go into adulthood without a diagnosis. This means years of feeling different. Years of feeling ashamed. And years of little to no support. If parents and therapists can learn how to spot OCD symptoms in teens, we could help them save years of unnecessary pain and suffering. OCD requires a very specific therapeutic approach […]

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PSP 167: What is Emotional Contamination OCD?

PSP 167: What is Emotional Contamination OCD?

What is Emotional Contamination OCD? OCD can wreak havoc in any family. But one sub-type of OCD that can be particularly painful is emotional contamination OCD. Emotional contamination issues can hurt family relationships and confuse parents. Sadly most people, even mental health professionals, understand very little about how OCD can manifest. OCD isn’t just about germs and constant cleaning. OCD has many themes and sub-types. […]

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