PSP 232: Depersonalization, Derealization and Existential Fears

PSP 232: Depersonalization, Derealization and Existential Fears

Depersonalization, Derealization and Existential Fears Anxiety and OCD can make our kids question everything, including their reality. This is different from a philosophical curiosity to understand the nature of the universe. These thoughts create sheer panic in our kids and teens. In this week’s episode of the AT Parenting Survival Podcast I explore depersonalization, derealization and existential fears and talk about how we can help […]

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This Might be Making Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD Worse

This Might be Making Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD Worse

This Might be Making Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD Worse None of us want our child’s anxiety or OCD to get any worse than it already is. And yet, we often inadvertently help our kids grow it by feeding into resistance. “What we resist will persist” and that is true for anxiety and OCD as well.  In this week’s Youtube video I talk to kids […]

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PSP 230: How to Help Kids Who are Scared of Needles and Shots

PSP 230: How to Help Kids Who are Scared of Needles and Shots

How to Help Kids Who Are Scared of Needles and Shots Most people aren’t thrilled to get a shot or get poked by a needle, but some of our kids are deathly afraid. This fear can cause severe panic when going to the doctor, the dentist or worse the lab or hospital!   In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I invited a co-host who […]

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Helping Kids When Anxiety Makes Them Feel They have to Always be Productive

Helping Kids When Anxiety Makes Them Feel They have to Always be Productive

Helping Kids When Anxiety Makes Them Feel They have to Always be Productive Anxiety can often show up in two very different ways. One is through avoidance. When a person is anxious they might avoid doing difficult things in order to avoid discomfort. I did a whole video on anxiety and procrastination here.  The other coping mechanism is to do, do, do! Anxiety will tell […]

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PSP 228: Teaching Our Kids with OCD and Anxiety Self-Compassion with Kimberley Quinlan

PSP 228: Teaching Our Kids with OCD and Anxiety Self-Compassion with Kimberley Quinlan

Teaching Our Kids with OCD and Anxiety Self-Compassion with Kimberley Quinlan Anxiety and OCD can bring with it distress, fear and discomfort. But it can also bring self-loathing, shame, guilt and negative self-talk.  When our kids are hard on themselves, their issues can compound, making it difficult for them to use their tools to address anxiety or OCD.  In this episode of the AT Parenting […]

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PSP 227: Why We Can’t Make Our Child’s Anxiety or OCD Go Away 

PSP 227: Why We Can’t Make Our Child’s Anxiety or OCD Go Away 

Why We Can’t Make Our Child’s Anxiety or OCD Go Away  None of us like to see our kids suffer. That’s why it’s so hard to see our kids struggle with anxiety or OCD. It can consume their life and ours and that’s heartbreaking.  But no matter how badly we would like to take their anxiety or OCD away from them, we just don’t have […]

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PSP 224: How to Handle When You and Your Child Both have Anxiety or OCD

PSP 224: How to Handle When You and Your Child Both have Anxiety or OCD

How to Handle When You and Your Child Both have Anxiety or OCD Anxiety and OCD are both highly genetic, so it’s not surprising that many parents find themselves raising kids with similar issues. Often though, many of us back burner our own help to focus on our children’s needs. But what if focusing on your needs also helps your child’s struggles? In this episode […]

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PSP 223: How to Not Compare Your Child to Other Kids

PSP 223: How to Not Compare Your Child to Other Kids

How to Not Compare Your Child to Other Kids The comparing game can be so tempting.  Why can her kids do that and mine can’t?  Why is it so easy for them and everything is so difficult for us?  Why do we have to go through this?  I wish my child was like that. Trust me I get it, I live it. But in this […]

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How to Help Our Kids & Teens Handle Bad Dreams

How to Help Our Kids & Teens Handle Bad Dreams

How to Help Our Kids & Teens Handle Bad Dreams We all have bad dreams, but for those of us with anxious minds, we have them much more often. Unfortunately bad dreams are not only miserable to have, they can make your child fearful of going to sleep. In this week’s Youtube video I talk to kids and teens about: What they can do after […]

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PSP 222: Interview with Instagram on Safety Measures for Our Kids & Teens

PSP 222: Interview with Instagram on Safety Measures for Our Kids & Teens

Interview with Instagram on Safety Measures for Our Kids & Teens We cannot cocoon our kids from social media and online platforms forever. Eventually most of our kids will enter the online world. So what can we do as parents to keep our kids safe? What are platforms like Instagram doing to stay on top of the wave of younger and younger children on their […]

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How to Stop What-If Worries 

How to Stop What-If Worries 

How to Stop What-If Worries  Everyone has what-if worries, but those of us with anxiety or OCD live in them. We give them attention, grow them and feed them until they are larger than life. Until they rob us of life. In this week’s Youtube video I talk about how to stop what-if worries in their tracks and begin living a more fulfilling life. Click […]

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PSP 221: Helping Anxious Kids with Big Emotions with Wendy Bertagnole 

PSP 221: Helping Anxious Kids with Big Emotions with Wendy Bertagnole 

Helping Anxious Kids with Big Emotions with Wendy Bertagnole  It’s hard to find an anxious child who doesn’t have BIG emotions at times. It is par for the course for our kids with anxiety and OCD. So how are we supposed to handle them? What approaches will help our kids learn how to work through those big feelings? I always love bringing you experts in […]

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PSP 219: How to Help a Child with Both Autism and OCD

PSP 219: How to Help a Child with Both Autism and OCD

How to Help a Child with Both Autism and OCD Many parents who are raising children with both Autism and OCD find themselves in a no man’s land of sorts. Professionals treating Autism don’t always understand OCD and those treating OCD don’t always understand Autism. Ugh. What a struggle. That is why talking to Dr. Rebecca Sachs is like talking to a rare unicorn. Her […]

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How to Help Teens Overcome a Fear of Driving

How to Help Teens Overcome a Fear of Driving

How to Help Teens Overcome a Fear of Driving “I’ll do it tomorrow.” That’s what many of us hear when we are trying to coax our teens to start practicing driving. And who can blame them, even teens without anxiety are scared to drive! But avoidance will only grow the fear over time.  In this week’s Youtube video, I talk to teens about their fear […]

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PSP 218: The Power of Helping Your Child’s Anxiety by Working on Your Own

PSP 218: The Power of Helping Your Child’s Anxiety by Working on Your Own

The Power of Helping Your Child’s Anxiety by Working on Your Own Anxiety and OCD doesn’t live in a bubble, it lives in our house. As parents we have to walk the walk and talk the talk. But what does that mean? It means tapping into our own fears, regardless of whether we have anxiety or OCD ourselves. It means knowing ourselves and the human […]

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