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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PSP 098: Helping Anxious Kids Cope with After the Holiday Blues

PSP 098: Helping Anxious Kids Cope with After the Holiday Blues

Holiday cheer. Gifts galore. Cakes, cookies and treats everywhere you look. Parties and festivities. And then… nothing. Sad looking tree abandoned on the curb. Cardboard boxes stuffed to the brim. It can be a big transition for most of us! But if you are an anxious kid who doesn’t handle transitions well anyway – after the holiday blues can be hard to handle.

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PSP 097: Helping Anxious Kids Survive the Holidays

PSP 097: Helping Anxious Kids Survive the Holidays

A house packed with friends and family. Music blaring. Relatives beckoning and begging for tight hugs. It can sound like a hallmark card for most people, but for anxious kids it can be a living nightmare. Seriously. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can help anxious kids survive the holidays with some proactive planning!

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 104 Kids Edition: Helping Kids with Misophonia

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 104 Kids Edition: Helping Kids with Misophonia

Did you know there is actually a condition that makes people rage when they hear certain sounds? It’s true. Some kids aren’t trying to be difficult, they truly hear sound differently than you. Kids with Misophonia are distressed and overwhelmed when they hear certain sounds. These sounds trigger their limbic system and can cause intense rage and emotional volatility.

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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 094: Learning How to Take Care of Yourself in the Midst of Raising a Child with Anxiety or OCD with Hilary Rank

PSP 094: Learning How to Take Care of Yourself in the Midst of Raising a Child with Anxiety or OCD with Hilary Rank

When you are raising a child with anxiety or OCD life is more hectic and overwhelming.

Your child is scared in the middle of the night.
You stay up, listening about bad dreams.
You make the therapy appointments.
You read all the books.
You wipe tears.
You listen to fears.

You quietly worry yourself. You are the caretaker. You are the rock to your child’s storm. But what about you?

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 101 Kids Edition: Helping Kids with the Fear of Flying

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 101 Kids Edition: Helping Kids with the Fear of Flying

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 Ask the Child Therapist Episode 101 Kids Edition: Helping Kids with the Fear of Flying It is the holiday season, which means it is also flying season. That might put some […]

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PSP 093: How to Help Anxious Kids Deal with Big Family Gatherings

PSP 093: How to Help Anxious Kids Deal with Big Family Gatherings

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 How to Help Anxious Kids Deal with Big Family Gatherings It’s that time of year again. Big family gatherings. Cue up the noise, the chaos, the triggers and the picky eating. […]

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 100 Kids Edition: Is Anxiety in Children Common? Helping Kids Realize They are Not Alone.

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 100 Kids Edition: Is Anxiety in Children Common? Helping Kids Realize They are Not Alone.

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 Is Anxiety in Children Common? Helping Kids Realize They are Not Alone. One thing that prevents kids from working on anxiety is….embarrassment. To work on anxiety, kids have to admit there […]

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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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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 99 Kids Edition: Is Your Child Quick To Beat Themselves Up? | Dealing with Negative Self-Talk

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 99 Kids Edition: Is Your Child Quick To Beat Themselves Up? | Dealing with Negative Self-Talk

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 Is Your Child Quick To Beat Themselves Up? | Dealing with Negative Self-Talk Is your child quick to beat themselves up? Always taking the blame? Always self-hating? Many kids fill themselves […]

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