PSP 280:  My Child Doesn’t Want Help for Anxiety or OCD. Now What?

PSP 280:  My Child Doesn’t Want Help for Anxiety or OCD. Now What?

You finally found help for your child with anxiety or OCD but they don’t want to work on it. Now what? That can be beyond frustrating! Especially if it took you a long time to connect with the right resources or help.

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Learn OCD’s Sneaky Moves When Your Child Starts to Make Progress

Learn OCD’s Sneaky Moves When Your Child Starts to Make Progress

OCD is so sneaky! I often say it is like playing chess with a chess master. The minute your child starts to make progress, OCD can make some head dizzying countermoves.  But don’t get too unsteady, in this week’s Youtube video I’m going to break down some of the common countermoves so OCD doesn’t throw your child or teen off track!

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PSP 279: How to Help Your Child with OCD related to Contamination

PSP 279: How to Help Your Child with OCD related to Contamination

OCD comes in many different shapes and flavors. One way it shows up is through the concept of “contamination.” Contamination means something different for each person who suffers from OCD, but they all have two things in common:
Something/someone cannot be touched and should be avoided
Contamination can spread from object to object, person to person (and even place to place)

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PSP 278: Helping Kids with OCD Know They are Not Alone

PSP 278: Helping Kids with OCD Know They are Not Alone

Having OCD can be a lonely experience. Kids can feel like there is no one else out there who gets their struggles. And really, who can blame them? The media (and even worse social media) often spend their time talking about OCD like it’s a meme or an adjective.

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Would Your Child be able to Spot New OCD Themes?

Would Your Child be able to Spot New OCD Themes?

There is one thing we know for sure, OCD likes to play whac-a-mole. OCD will shift and change over time. It wears many disguises and often goes undetected. Would your child or teen know how to spot new OCD themes when they are just starting to form? It is helpful for us as parents to understand what to look for, but even more important for our kids to know themselves!

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PSP 277: Learning How to Let Go of Perceived Control

PSP 277: Learning How to Let Go of Perceived Control

It is hard not to want to control our child’s anxiety or OCD journey. It is hard not to have expectations for how it should turn out. It’s human nature to want to do everything in our power to help our kids. But sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves and our children is to recognize what areas we do not control. Sometimes we can make the most progress when we learn to let go of expectations and perceived control. 

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What’s Holding Your Child Back from Working on OCD?

What’s Holding Your Child Back from Working on OCD?

What’s holding your child back from working on OCD? The answer can be different for each person. Perhaps talking about it feels too scary or embarrassing. Maybe not listening to OCD seems too hard or too risky. For some, it might seem like too much work with not enough payoff. Whatever it might be for your child it is helpful to address those barriers head-on.

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PSP 276: How to Spot if You are Talking to OCD vs Your Child

PSP 276: How to Spot if You are Talking to OCD vs Your Child

OCD is sneaky! It hides in the questions our children ask. It disguises itself with curiosity, constant checking or over apologetic responses. OCD is a family affair and it often gets us as parents to inadvertently grow it on a daily basis.

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Will OCD Ever Go Away?

Will OCD Ever Go Away?

This is the million-dollar question that people with OCD want to know. Will OCD go away? And the common follow-up question is… When will OCD go away? Ironically these questions are part of what keeps OCD around.

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OCD Isn’t Always a Fear, Sometimes it is a Feeling

OCD Isn’t Always a Fear, Sometimes it is a Feeling

OCD isn’t always a fear. This can confuse not only parents and kids but even therapists. We can be digging and digging feeling like we are missing something when in reality the problem is right in front of us. OCD doesn’t have to be about fear. There are many OCD themes that center around a feeling. These can be feelings of disgust, grossness, not just right or a feeling of incompleteness to name a few.

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PSP 274: Getting ahead of school refusal before school starts

PSP 274: Getting ahead of school refusal before school starts

The idea of going back to school can bring waves of panic for both you and your child. You might want to pretend the first day of school will never happen. Trust me I get it! But there are things we can do in advance to prepare our kids to lessen the likelihood of school refusal. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk about some common anxiety and OCD themes that create school refusal and how to work on them before it becomes an issue for next school year.

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Helping Kids Understand Fight, Flight or Freeze Responses

Helping Kids Understand Fight, Flight or Freeze Responses

We all respond to perceived danger in different ways. It can help to understand the many ways our body and brains can respond to stress, so we are better equipped to handle it when it happens. In this week’s Youtube video I explain to kids and teens the fight, flight or freeze responses to fear and anxiety. I also discuss some ways to work through them.

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PSP 272: Dealing with Disappointment when Anxiety or OCD Comes Back

PSP 272: Dealing with Disappointment when Anxiety or OCD Comes Back

It can feel so good when anxiety and OCD pack their bags and give you your child back. Heck, give you your home back. So it can be more than jarring when that unwanted guest shows back up at your front door.

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The Truth: OCD Will Never Let You Feel Comfortable

The Truth: OCD Will Never Let You Feel Comfortable

OCD hooks our kids in with a lie. If you just do this you’ll feel more comfortable. But the reality is, OCD will never let them feel comfortable. The only way through OCD is to learn how to handle the discomfort. When our kids sit in discomfort OCD loses all its power. 

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PSP 271: Fighting OCD is Often Not What Kids Think

PSP 271: Fighting OCD is Often Not What Kids Think

You’ll often hear the word “fight your OCD.” In fact, one of my favorite books about OCD is called Talking Back to OCD, by John March. But sometimes kids misunderstand what this means (and parents too). When we talk about fighting OCD we are usually talking about a counterintuitive way to push back. A way to approach OCD that may not seem like traditional “fighting” at all.

In this week’s podcast I talk about the counterintuitive way to “fight” OCD and why we need to clarify this with our kids.

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