PSP 362: The Use of Storytelling in Anxiety and OCD

PSP 362: The Use of Storytelling in Anxiety and OCD

It can be hard to help kids navigate anxiety and OCD. Sometimes adding some creative ways to help validate, normalize and build skills to handle anxiety or OCD can be gold! One of my favorite ways to do that is through storytelling.

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PSP 361: A Parenting Journey Raising a Child with Emetophobia 

PSP 361: A Parenting Journey Raising a Child with Emetophobia 

Raising a child with Emetophobia, the fear of throw up, can be an isolating experience. It brings with it all sorts of fears. What if they can’t overcome their struggles? What if they can’t go to school? What if they stop eating entirely?

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PSP 360: Managing Our Anxiety When Our Child is Panicking

PSP 360: Managing Our Anxiety When Our Child is Panicking

Your child is paralyzed with fear. They are nauseous. They are faint. They are immobilized. It is hard to watch as a parent. For many of us it can trigger our own panicky response.

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PSP 358: Psychologist Lori Long Talks About Life with Social Anxiety

PSP 358: Psychologist Lori Long Talks About Life with Social Anxiety

One of the hardest parts about social anxiety is the feeling you are the only one with these struggles. It actually feeds into the disorder quite well. It is a story that many of us with social anxiety tell ourselves.

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PSP 357: How to Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem with Jesse LeBeau

PSP 357: How to Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem with Jesse LeBeau

Self-esteem and self-confidence can play a big role in our child’s journey with anxiety and OCD. When our anxious kids struggle they can feel overwhelmed with emotions of shame and isolation. They might beat themselves up for being different or for having difficulties.

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PSP 356: Are You a Punching Bag for Your Child’s Anxiety and OCD Overwhelm?

PSP 356: Are You a Punching Bag for Your Child’s Anxiety and OCD Overwhelm?

As parents we are often in the line of fire when it comes to our child’s overwhelm. When dealing with anxiety or OCD we can feel like we are our child’s punching bag. The truth is, physiologically our kids are often looking for a push-pull conversation. It is easier to see you as enemy #1 rather than facing anxiety and OCD head on.

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Does OCD Make Your Child Disgusted by Food? OCD and Restrictive Eating.

Does OCD Make Your Child Disgusted by Food? OCD and Restrictive Eating.

Nothing is off limits for OCD, including your child’s food. Does OCD make them feel disgusted by some foods? Do they think their food tastes, smells or looks weird? Do they wind up avoiding foods due to this?

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PSP 355: Handling Parenting Moments When You Lose It!

PSP 355: Handling Parenting Moments When You Lose It!

We all lose it at one time or another. Parents are human. You are human. We inevitably will lose our cool and say or do things that we regret. But those parenting moments hold untapped clues to what is overwhelming us. Those moments hold wisdom, if we are able to move past the shame to see the insight underneath.

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PSP 354: A New Way to Help Your Child with OCD at Home

PSP 354: A New Way to Help Your Child with OCD at Home

As parents we are often desperate to provide our children with tools to help their OCD. We might scour the internet trying to find an OCD specialist; not an easy feat. Or if we are lucky enough to have found an OCD specialist, we might want to know what we can do at home to fill in the gaps.

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PSP 353: Social Anxiety and Bullying

PSP 353: Social Anxiety and Bullying

There is a strong relationship between social anxiety and bullying. Research has shown that a clinically significant amount of people with social anxiety have experienced bullying. Often children have a genetic predisposition to anxiety, but environmental stressors, like bullying, blossom that genetic seed.

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PSP 352: Helping Kids Who Are Worried About Growing Up

PSP 352: Helping Kids Who Are Worried About Growing Up

It is common for some kids to worry about growing up. There are many unknowns that can feel overwhelming. But for some kids this fear is all consuming. For these kids their worries about growing up turn into a daily effort to prevent the inevitable from happening.

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PSP 351: How to Help Anxious Kids through Stories and Books

PSP 351: How to Help Anxious Kids through Stories and Books

There are many creative ways to help anxious kids. One way is through storytelling. Children can immerse themselves into stories and learn along the way. Stories can help normalize the experience of having anxiety and develop problem-solving skills in a more non-directive way.

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PSP 350: Is it Game Over if Your Child Doesn’t Want to Work on Anxiety or OCD?

PSP 350: Is it Game Over if Your Child Doesn’t Want to Work on Anxiety or OCD?

It can feel like there is nothing you can do if your child refuses to work on anxiety or OCD. But in reality, that is far from true. We are one piece of the puzzle when it comes to our child’s anxiety or OCD, but it is still an important piece.

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PSP 349: Do you Feel Isolated Trying to Help Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD?

PSP 349: Do you Feel Isolated Trying to Help Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD?

Dealing with our child’s anxiety or OCD is taxing enough, but sometimes there is another layer of stress. Often our child’s struggles can trigger something deep within us. A childhood wound, a flashback, a remnant of something that has remained dormant within us.

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PSP 347: Do You and Your Partner Fight Over Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD?

PSP 347: Do You and Your Partner Fight Over Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD?

Raising a child with Anxiety and OCD is hard enough, but when you and your partner are not on the same page, it can be even harder.

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