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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How to Help Kids Who Worry They Will Never Fall Asleep

How to Help Kids Who Worry They Will Never Fall Asleep

How to Help Kids Who Worry They Will Never Fall Asleep “But what if I don’t fall asleep?” That’s a question many of us hear from our anxious kids at bedtime. The ironic thing is, the more a child worries they won’t fall asleep, the harder it actually is to do it!   So how do you get your kids out of this vicious loop? […]

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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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PSP 187: Empowering Our Kids with Anxiety or OCD to Help Themselves

PSP 187: Empowering Our Kids with Anxiety or OCD to Help Themselves

Empowering Our Kids with Anxiety or OCD to Help Themselves We want the best for our kids. We want our kids to blossom and live a happy fulfilling life. But when our kids start to struggle with anxiety or OCD we might think that rosy picture is gone forever. We might think we have to “cure” anxiety or OCD for them to be well again. […]

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How to Help Kids Stop Panic Attacks

How to Help Kids Stop Panic Attacks

How to Help Kids Stop Panic Attacks Panic attacks suck. I know this not only because I am an anxiety & OCD therapist, but because I used to suffer from them as well. I have also unfortunately watched my own kids suffer from them. Genetics can be so annoying sometimes! Through my own struggles and those of so many kids I’ve helped, I’ve noticed what […]

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PSP 186: Helping Teens with OCD with Lisa Coyne

PSP 186: Helping Teens with OCD with Lisa Coyne

Helping Teens with OCD with Lisa Coyne Most teens don’t want people to tell them what to do, especially their parents. So what are parents supposed to do when they desperately want to help their teen with OCD? Sometimes that can be tricky. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I invited Lisa Coyne, the co-author of the book, Stuff That’s Loud and the founder […]

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How to Stop Catastrophic Thinking in Kids with Anxiety

How to Stop Catastrophic Thinking in Kids with Anxiety

How to Stop Catastrophic Thinking in Kids with Anxiety What if you die while I sleep? What if I throw up at school? What if I trip and everyone laughs at me? What if an asteroid hits the earth? What if I fail this test and grow up to be homeless? Catastrophic thinking takes our kids out of the now and puts them firmly into […]

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PSP 185: Graphic Novel to Help Teens with OCD | Interview with Jason Adam Katzenstein

PSP 185: Graphic Novel to Help Teens with OCD | Interview with Jason Adam Katzenstein

Graphic Novel for Teens with OCD | Interview with Jason Adam Katzenstein Jason Adam Katzenstein gets it. He gets the struggle of what it feels like to have OCD and he gets the fear that comes along with trying to crush it.   Luckily for the OCD community, Jason is a popular and gifted cartoonist who decided to take his personal and vulnerable story and […]

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How to Help Our Kids Get OCD Relief

How to Help Our Kids Get OCD Relief

How to Help Our Kids Get OCD Relief It is so hard to watch as our kids struggle with OCD. As parents all we want is for our kids to get some OCD relief. But how are we supposed to do that? Especially if they don’t feel like they are ready to work on it? In this latest Youtube video, I talk about getting OCD […]

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PSP 184: Four Simple Steps to Help Kids Self-Regulate with Lauren Spigelmyer

PSP 184: Four Simple Steps to Help Kids Self-Regulate with Lauren Spigelmyer

4 Simple Steps to Help Kids Self-Regulate with Lauren Spigelmyer Many of our kids have a hard time self-regulating. Just like other skills, we often have to teach our kids how to successfully handle their difficult emotions. This can be especially hard for kids that have anxiety and OCD. When you are a child who already struggles with hyperarousal, it doesn’t take much to throw […]

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What are the Signs of Social Anxiety? It’s Often Not What People Think.

What are the Signs of Social Anxiety? It’s Often Not What People Think.

What are the Signs of Social Anxiety? It’s Often Not What People Think. Parents often miss the mark with social anxiety. They think it means a timid child, a shy child clinging to their pant legs or a child who lacks social skills. Although a child with social anxiety can have those attributes, that’s not what makes someone have social anxiety. In fact, you can […]

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PSP 183: Handling Overwhelm When Parenting Kids with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 183: Handling Overwhelm When Parenting Kids with Anxiety or OCD

Handling Overwhelm When Parenting Kids with Anxiety or OCD It can get pretty overwhelming parenting a child with anxiety or OCD. But this is a marathon not a sprint and burn out isn’t an option. Overwhelm is an issue we all deal with throughout this journey. It is something that can creep up on you without any warning. So how do we as parents dial […]

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What to Do When OCD Makes Your Child Doubt They Have OCD

What to Do When OCD Makes Your Child Doubt They Have OCD

What to Do When OCD Makes Your Child Doubt They Have OCD OCD loves to make people doubt. It loves to make people doubt so much that it can even make them doubt they have OCD. Even when they have been diagnosed. Even when they have been successful in treatment. Often this doubt comes when OCD is desperate, when the person has made some great […]

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