Is Anxiety or OCD Taking Over Your Child’s Identity?

Is Anxiety or OCD Taking Over Your Child’s Identity?

Is Anxiety or OCD Taking Over Your Child’s Identity? It is wonderful for our kids to recognize they have anxiety or OCD. It is also helpful for them to communicate when they are struggling with these issues. But sometimes our kids can over identify with their anxiety or OCD. I have OCD, I can’t! It’s my OCD, leave me alone! You know I can’t go. […]

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Don’t Let Anxiety or OCD Rob Your Kids of Self Love

Don’t Let Anxiety or OCD Rob Your Kids of Self Love

Don’t Let Anxiety or OCD Rob Your Kids of Self Love Anxiety and OCD already rob our kids of so much, so it hurts when it takes a hit at their self love as well. Anxiety and OCD can feel stigmatizing and embarrassing. It can bombard a child with feelings of unworthiness and hopelessness. In this week’s Youtube video I talk to kids and teens […]

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Our Kids See What Their Anxiety & OCD Want Them to See

Our Kids See What Their Anxiety & OCD Want Them to See

Our Kids See What Their Anxiety & OCD Want Them to See Anxiety and OCD aren’t passively in the background. They are actively working to prove that the world is full of your worst fears. Anxiety and OCD will whisper, see I am keeping you safe. Look at all these situations that aren’t safe. Thank goodness for me, right?! Unfortunately, our brain is wired to […]

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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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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 226: Helping Kids with Sports Anxiety & OCD

PSP 226: Helping Kids with Sports Anxiety & OCD

Helping Kids with Sports Anxiety & OCD Anxiety and OCD love to glom onto everything our children love, including sports. It can make your child anxious, sick and panicky before a game, meet or competition. OCD can go one step further and create compulsions around the sport. I invited Cali Werner, Anxiety and OCD Clinician, athlete and author of Anxious Annie, to come on to […]

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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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Does Your Child think Anxiety or OCD is Keeping Them Safe?

Does Your Child think Anxiety or OCD is Keeping Them Safe?

Does Your Child think Anxiety or OCD is Keeping Them Safe? Often kids who are resistant to help will tell me their anxiety or OCD is keeping them “safe.”  I have plans, just in case… I am more cautious and it has kept me safe… I play out scenarios so I’m prepared… Although we all should have a healthy relationship with fear and intuition, anxiety […]

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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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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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How to Help Kids Not Care What Other People think

How to Help Kids Not Care What Other People think

How to Help Kids Not Care What Other People think What if people notice? What if people laugh? What if people judge? What if… What if… Our kids (and us too) can spend so much time worrying about what other people think that we forget to enjoy the moment. It robs us from experiencing life. It can consume our thoughts and dictate our actions. In […]

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