Breaking Through the Secrecy and Shame of Childhood Anxiety and OCD

Breaking Through the Secrecy and Shame of Childhood Anxiety and OCD

No one will get it. They’ll think you are crazy. Your thoughts are ridiculous. You better keep them to yourself.

Anxiety and OCD’s most powerful weapon is shame and secrecy. That is why the very first thing I do with kids is normalize their anxiety and OCD. Right after that I let them know anxiety and OCD’s favorite tactic…secrecy.

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PSP 151: The 5 Most Common Mistakes Parents Make When Trying to Raise Kind Kids | With Nicole Black

PSP 151: The 5 Most Common Mistakes Parents Make When Trying to Raise Kind Kids | With Nicole Black

The 5 Most Common Mistakes Parents Make When Trying to Raise Kind Kids | With Nicole Black Most of us want kind kids. Who doesn’t? But there is an art to fostering and raising truly authentically kind people. It is now more important than ever to raise kind kids. Kids who won’t be afraid to stand up for what is right. Kids who are empathetic […]

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Help for Anxious Kids Who Worry About Trying Something New

Help for Anxious Kids Who Worry About Trying Something New

Do you cringe when you sign your anxious child up for something new? Do you have a mini heart attack when you are planning to move your child to a new home, visit a new place or have a new experience?

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PSP 149: How to Help Kids who Worry About Their Health with Dr. Josh Spitalnick

PSP 149: How to Help Kids who Worry About Their Health with Dr. Josh Spitalnick

Health and anxiety have an intimate relationship. They love to hang out together. They love to work together. Anxiety can make you feel sick. Sickness can make you feel anxious. It can be a vicious duo that can wreak havoc in your child’s life.

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Encouraging Kids to Take Small Steps Towards Beating Anxiety or OCD

Encouraging Kids to Take Small Steps Towards Beating Anxiety or OCD

Sometimes it just seems impossible. Beating anxiety or OCD seems like an insurmountable task that is not worth taking. This is especially true for our kids. When just getting them to do their homework or eat healthy is an uphill battle, how on earth can we encourage them to take steps towards their fear?

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PSP 148: A Mother Talks About Celebrating the Small Wins with her Anxious Kids

PSP 148: A Mother Talks About Celebrating the Small Wins with her Anxious Kids

Living with anxious kids requires a different kind of parenting. Sometimes it can feel exhausting. Sometimes it can feel frustrating. And sometimes it can feel inspiring and hopeful. It can be quite the rollercoaster ride.

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Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD who have Holiday Overwhelm

Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD who have Holiday Overwhelm

Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD who have Holiday Overwhelm   What can be wrong with lots of time off, plenty of parties, some pent up excitement and gift giving? Lots actually, especially if you are a child with anxiety or OCD. It is not unusual for kids to struggle a bit more during the holidays. The reason for this varies depending on the child’s […]

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PSP 146:  An Interview with Stuart Ralph from the OCD Stories

PSP 146:  An Interview with Stuart Ralph from the OCD Stories

If you really want to learn about OCD, one of the best ways to do it is by listening to the OCD Stories. The OCD Stories is a podcast, created and hosted by Stuart Ralph. He has interviewed hundreds of people with OCD and has brought a face and a narrative to what it is like to have a full life with OCD.

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An Inside Look into Parenting a Child with OCD & Skin Picking Disorder

An Inside Look into Parenting a Child with OCD & Skin Picking Disorder

You are not alone. That is the main message from my new segment on the AT Parenting Survival Podcast called, Member Spotlight Segment.

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A Quick Hack for Kids to Reduce Anxiety

A Quick Hack for Kids to Reduce Anxiety

As a child therapist, I am often asked what to do when a child is in the middle of complete panic. Their brain has shut off and it can seem like there are no good options to help them. So how are you supposed to reduce anxiety?

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PSP 144:  Surviving the Holidays with Kids Who Have Anxiety or OCD

PSP 144:  Surviving the Holidays with Kids Who Have Anxiety or OCD

I love the holidays. I mean LOVE them! But my three anxious kids can hit some pretty big bumps during the holiday season. In fact most kids who have anxiety or OCD hit a few bumps during this time of year.

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PSP 143:  How Our Expectations and Stress Impact Our Child with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 143:  How Our Expectations and Stress Impact Our Child with Anxiety or OCD

We often think there is nothing we can do if our child doesn’t work on their anxiety or OCD. I often say, we are in the passenger seat and they are in the driver’s seat. But there is one thing, one HUGE thing we can do.

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Helping Kids Understand Sensorimotor OCD

Helping Kids Understand Sensorimotor OCD

When people think of OCD they think of a “neat freak” or a “germaphobe.” Neither of which really sums up OCD. But one sub-type of OCD that is often misunderstood is Sensorimotor OCD.

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PSP 142: How to Develop Gratitude in Our Kids

PSP 142: How to Develop Gratitude in Our Kids

We want to give our kids everything that we never had, but what happens when we are able to do that? How do we foster appreciation and gratitude? How do we help our children develop appreciation for what they have, when they don’t know what it’s like to not have it?

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PSP 141: An Inside Look into Parenting a Child with OCD | Member Spotlight Segment

PSP 141: An Inside Look into Parenting a Child with OCD | Member Spotlight Segment

You are not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of parents just like you. They feel despair, they feel overwhelmed, they feel hope.

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