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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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 107 Kids Edition: Harm OCD in Children | How to Help

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 107 Kids Edition: Harm OCD in Children | How to Help

Don’t feel alone raising a child with anxiety or OCD. Tell me your biggest struggle and I will give you a video tip and resource guide based on your particular needs. YES! PLEASE HELP Harm OCD in Children: How to Help Them Harm OCD in children can be easily missed. Harm OCD makes kids worry they might do something to hurt or harm someone else […]

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PSP 099: Helping Kids with Harm OCD an Interview with Jon Hershfield

PSP 099: Helping Kids with Harm OCD an Interview with Jon Hershfield

Many parents don’t understand Harm OCD. It goes unnoticed, undetected and misinterpreted. Harm OCD makes kids worry they might hurt someone else. They might get them sick. They might accidentally harm them. They might do something to cause a catastrophe. You might have a child who is afraid to touch their nose or their private parts in fear they will contaminate someone else. You might see them washing their hands over and and over and assume that they are afraid of getting sick – when in reality they are afraid of getting other people sick.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 106 Kids Edition: Helping Kids with the Fear of Dying

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 106 Kids Edition: Helping Kids with the Fear of Dying

One of the most common anxiety themes is the fear of dying. It can make kids lose sleep. It can make kids avoid life. It has the power to immobilize a child and give them a life of avoidance.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 105 Kids Edition: Teaching Kids How to Deal with People who Don’t Get OCD

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 105 Kids Edition: Teaching Kids How to Deal with People who Don’t Get OCD

It seems like wherever you go people are making comments or jokes about OCD. People who don’t get OCD make comments like…

I am SO OCD
I had an OCD moment
I am a bit OCD about that

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PSP 096: Raising Kids with Anxiety or OCD? Don’t Care What Others Think!

PSP 096: Raising Kids with Anxiety or OCD? Don’t Care What Others Think!

Parenting kids with anxiety or OCD is hard enough but add all the “well intentioned” comments and thinly veiled judgments and it can be overwhelming. Learn how to not care what others think!

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PSP 095: Teaching Kids Coping Skills with Janine Halloran

PSP 095: Teaching Kids Coping Skills with Janine Halloran

Many of us deal with kids who don’t know how to calm down. Kids who rage over the slightest issue or kids who get paralyzed with fear with any small change.

You may not know how to build your child’s coping mechanisms. Many of us throw platitudes like, “calm down” or “you’re fine.” Unfortunately most of the time that doesn’t cut it. Teaching kids coping skills can be hard, but it is such a crucial thing to teach.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 102 Kids Edition: Teach Kids to Fight OCD by Bullying it Back

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 102 Kids Edition: Teach Kids to Fight OCD by Bullying it Back

OCD is a complete bully. It tells your kids what to do and how to do it. It makes them worry about things they know will never happen. It hijacks their fears and presents them as real. It is truly a cruel disorder. But there is hope. Kids can learn to fight OCD by bullying it back.

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PSP 092: How to Help Kids with OCD or Anxiety Who aren’t Motivated to Help Themselves

PSP 092: How to Help Kids with OCD or Anxiety Who aren’t Motivated to Help Themselves

You’ve read all the books. You’ve joined all the Facebook groups. You’ve started therapy. Now if your child would just get on board with the whole process – they can really make progress with their issues. But they won’t. They refuse to talk about it. They refuse to fight it. They refuse any and all help. How are you supposed to help kids with OCD or anxiety if they don’t want to help themselves?

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PSP 090: How Do I Help My Anxious Child with Anger Problems

PSP 090: How Do I Help My Anxious Child with Anger Problems

If you have a child with any type of anxiety, you are more likely to have a child with anger problems as well. This makes sense. Anxiety is like a pressure cooker. Stress and worry build up over time and eventually it boils over. And when it does – it isn’t pretty. Many parents I work with ask, How do I help my child with anger problems?

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 95 Kid Edition: How Do I know If I have OCD?

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 95 Kid Edition: How Do I know If I have OCD?

One of the most common questions I get asked is, “How do I know if I have OCD?” This question comes from parents, and it even comes from kids directly.

People don’t get OCD, so there is major confusion when trying to figure out if you have OCD or not. Parents often waste valuable time because they don’t recognize the signs of OCD.

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Interview with Chris Baier Producer of Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie

Interview with Chris Baier Producer of Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie

For OCD Awareness Week, I sat down with Chris Baier, the Producer of Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie and asked him the most common questions I get from parents raising kids with OCD.

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PSP 087: Three Things I Want You To Know About Childhood OCD

PSP 087: Three Things I Want You To Know About Childhood OCD

OCD is a confusing disorder and parenting a child with OCD can be a struggle. Here are three things I want you to know about childhood OCD.
In honor of OCD Awareness Week I am making this week’s podcast about the three most important things I want you to know about childhood OCD.
Don’t forget to spread your own experience and knowledge about living with OCD this week. Share your story and use the hashtag #RealOCD. The more we share, the more we educate.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 94 Kid Edition: Helping Kids Who Won’t Throw Anything Away!

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 94  Kid Edition: Helping Kids Who Won’t Throw Anything Away!

Is your child a “saver.” Do they have drawers and buckets full of “treasures?” Do they have a huge meltdown if they have to get rid of anything? If you have a child who won’t throw anything away – it might be good to start addressing the issue early.

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PSP 086: The OCD Symptoms in Children No One Wants to Talk About

PSP 086: The OCD Symptoms in Children No One Wants to Talk About

OCD Symptoms in children is fairly misunderstood in general, but there are some symptoms that no one wants to talk about. These are symptoms that can be grossly misdiagnosed causing kids years if not decades of poor treatment and not an ounce of help. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I go over what these symptoms are and how to spot them in your kids.

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