PSP 119: The Important Role of ERP in the Treatment of OCD with Martin Hsia

PSP 119: The Important Role of ERP in the Treatment of OCD with Martin Hsia

People will try to treat OCD with many different approaches. Treatment of OCD can include the use of talk therapy, play therapy, biofeedback or EMDR. But the truth of the matter is, OCD will not improve significantly without ERP, Exposure Response Prevention.

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PSP 118: What it is Like Growing Up with OCD with John Tessitore

PSP 118: What it is Like Growing Up with OCD with John Tessitore

Have you ever wondered what your child with OCD is going through? What their life is like growing up with OCD?

I had the pleasure of talking to John Tessitore, the founder of the JCK Foundation. He was willing to get raw with me and share some personal details of what life was like growing up with thoughts he hid from the outside world.

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PSP 115: Helping Kids with Moral OCD

PSP 115: Helping Kids with Moral OCD

Hearing your child confess thoughts that do not make sense can be heartbreaking. Moral OCD is one of the most confusing OCD themes a parent, and for that matter, a child, can experience. Kids with Moral OCD are bombarded with thoughts.

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Helping Kids with OCD Handle Over Wiping After Going to the Bathroom

Helping Kids with OCD Handle Over Wiping After Going to the Bathroom

There is a common OCD problem that no one likes to talk about – over wiping.

OCD loves to make our kids doubt. Doubt their safety, doubt their cleanliness and doubt their completenessdoubt their completeness.

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Teaching Kids their Attitude Towards Life with Anxiety or OCD Matters!

Teaching Kids their Attitude Towards Life with Anxiety or OCD Matters!

I can’t do this. This sucks! I’m going to have the WORST day ever. I’ll never beat this! Life with anxiety or OCD can conjure up all sorts of negative thoughts like that. And who is to blame a child for having those feelings. Anxiety or OCD is overwhelming.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 117: How to Help your Child When Fighting Anxiety or OCD Seems like too Much

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 117: How to Help your Child When Fighting Anxiety or OCD Seems like too Much

Sometimes anxiety or OCD is just too overwhelming. Sometimes fighting anxiety or OCD can seem like too much for kids (or for anyone for that matter!).

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 116 Kids Edition: When Kids Focus on Helping Others, it Can Help Decrease Anxiety or OCD as Well

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 116 Kids Edition: When Kids Focus on Helping Others, it Can Help Decrease Anxiety or OCD as Well

When Kids Focus on Helping Others, it Can Help Decrease Anxiety or OCD as Well When you are living with anxiety or OCD it can be all consuming. It can take up much of what you think about and dictate much of what you do. I talk tons about how to decrease anxiety or OCD symptoms in our kids. I talk often about the importance […]

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 114 Kids Edition: What Does the Feeling of Disgust Have to do with OCD?

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 114 Kids Edition: What Does the Feeling of Disgust Have to do with OCD?

I hear this over and over again. “I don’t have a fear. It is just GROSS!” or “I am not worried, it is just so DISGUSTING!” Often this can confuse parents and even professionals into believing there is no OCD hidden under these feelings. After all, where is the intrusive thought or the paralyzing fear?

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 113 Kids Edition: When Kids Focus on Problems, They Get More Problems.

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 113 Kids Edition: When Kids Focus on Problems, They Get More Problems.

When Kids Focus on Problems, They Get More Problems. When we eat, live and breathe our problems, our problems eat, live and breathe us! It is important for kids to work on their issues, but when they get stuck in the muck it can pull them down. When kids focus on problems, the more problems they start to have. This week I am helping kids […]

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PSP 107: The Ugly Feelings Most of Us Secretly Experience as Parents

PSP 107: The Ugly Feelings Most of Us Secretly Experience as Parents

I am not sure when we, collectively as a society, decided that parents aren’t allowed to have ugly feelings.

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PSP 104: How to tell the Difference Between Anxiety and OCD

PSP 104: How to tell the Difference Between Anxiety and OCD

Even though anxiety and OCD often go hand in hand, OCD is often missed. So how can you tell the difference between anxiety and OCD? In this week’s episode I dive into the difference and explore why it is so important to figure out.

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PSP 103: Learning How to Play Detective When Raising Kids with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 103: Learning How to Play Detective When Raising Kids with Anxiety or OCD

Raising a child with anxiety or OCD takes a completely different set of parenting skills. Helping kids work through their issues doesn’t have a begin, middle and end. It is a way of life. A way of looking at life.

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PSP 102: Tired of Feeling Alone in Your Child’s Battle with Anxiety or OCD?

PSP 102: Tired of Feeling Alone in Your Child’s Battle with Anxiety or OCD?

If you are parenting a child with anxiety or OCD you might feel alone, misunderstood and even possibly judged. Helping your child battle anxiety or OCD can be so hard on many fronts.

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PSP 101: How to Advocate for Your Child in School | 504 Plan for Anxiety & OCD

PSP 101: How to Advocate for Your Child in School | 504 Plan for Anxiety & OCD

Anxiety and OCD can bully their way into our children’s education. It can create anxiety when it comes to going to school, it can create anxiety at school and it can be a minefield of triggers for a child with OCD. So where do you even start advocating for your child. And how do you know when it is time to get a 504 plan for anxiety or OCD?

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PSP 100: Is a Medical Condition Causing My Child’s Anxiety or OCD?!

PSP 100: Is a Medical Condition Causing My Child’s Anxiety or OCD?!

You hear about these stories all the time. My son was fine until he woke up one day with OCD. Or – after an infection my child developed debilitating anxiety. There has been growing buzz around what may be causing anxiety or OCD.

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