This Belief Grows Our Child’s Anxiety or OCD (and ours too)

This Belief Grows Our Child’s Anxiety or OCD (and ours too)

There are so many things we want to control in our lives. None of us want to die, get sick, get rejected, get judged, get hurt. None of us want to be overwhelmed with feelings of hurt, harm, embarrassment or disgust. None of us want to second guess our actions, behaviors or future.

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The Only Way Kids Can Outsmart OCD

The Only Way Kids Can Outsmart OCD

OCD is tricky. It can seem easy to outsmart. Maybe if I just argue with it, I can crush it with facts. Maybe if I just take preventative measures, it will leave me alone. Maybe if I just do what it wants, it will finally go away.

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PSP 260: Handling Sexual Themes Around OCD

PSP 260: Handling Sexual Themes Around OCD

OCD can be stigmatizing enough, but when you add sexual themes it can add another layer of guilt and shame. It can also make parents and even therapists uncomfortable! How are you supposed to deal with a sexual intrusive thought that makes you squirm? What if your child’s lack of motivation is due to the embarrassment over the content of their thoughts?

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How OCD is Like an Octopus and Why That Analogy Can Help

How OCD is Like an Octopus and Why That Analogy Can Help

There is nothing worse than finally getting rid of one OCD theme, only to have a brand new one take its place. Often this is the time when kids and even parents start to lose hope. Even though this can be so disappointing, it isn’t necessary that anyone give up hope. In fact, having new themes pop up is no indication that the skills and tools aren’t working. Believe it or not, sometimes it is a sign they are working well

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Helping Kids with Phobias

Helping Kids with Phobias

Many of us are afraid to do or see certain things. That’s a human experience. But some of us are paralyzed by that fear. A phobia around anything can have the power to dominate our lives. It can dictate what we do and how we do it.

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Helping Kids with OCD Who have to Read and Reread

Helping Kids with OCD Who have to Read and Reread

Helping Kids with OCD Who have to Read and Reread OCD can impact so much of our children’s lives, including their ability to read. Often this is missed completely or misdiagnosed as a learning issue. OCD can make people feel that they might not have “fully” understood what they are reading. Or perhaps it makes them feel like they didn’t really read a sentence and […]

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Helping Kids with OCD Who have a Hard Time Showering

Helping Kids with OCD Who have a Hard Time Showering

Helping Kids with OCD Who have a Hard Time Showering OCD likes to disrupt anything in its wake, including the things we must do on a daily basis. OCD can make it hard to eat, go to the bathroom and especially shower. This happens for a variety of reasons depending on the person’s OCD themes. In this week’s Youtube video I talk about how to […]

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Helping Kids Who Feel too Overwhelmed to Work on OCD or Anxiety

Helping Kids Who Feel too Overwhelmed to Work on OCD or Anxiety

Helping Kids Who Feel too Overwhelmed to Work on OCD or Anxiety Sometimes anxiety or OCD feels SO big that any step to work on it can feel like too much. Sometimes our kids aren’t motivated to work on it because they are too overwhelmed. In this week’s Youtube video for kids and teens, I talk about how to get past the paralysis of overwhelm […]

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PSP 251: Helping the Siblings of Kids with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 251: Helping the Siblings of Kids with Anxiety or OCD

Helping the Siblings of Kids with Anxiety or OCD Anxiety and OCD don’t just live within our child, it lives within our home. It impacts everyone in the family, including the siblings. What happens to the sibling when all eyes are focused on the child with anxiety or OCD? What happens to them when there are big meltdowns, panic attacks, and overwhelm. What happens when […]

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PSP 250: Are We Prematurely Rescuing Our Anxious Kids?

PSP 250: Are We Prematurely Rescuing Our Anxious Kids?

Are We Prematurely Rescuing Our Anxious Kids? It is so hard to see our kids struggle. As parents, many of us know what things might trigger our child’s anxiety. How often do we flinch before they feel anxious? How often do we swoop in and remove the trigger before our child experiences it? How often do we catch them before they even fall? I know […]

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Does Social Media Increase Your Child’s Anxiety?

Does Social Media Increase Your Child’s Anxiety?

Does Social Media Increase Your Child’s Anxiety? Kids are bombarded with chatter on social media. They are bombarded with images, chats and videos. This can be overwhelming to any child, but add anxiety to the mix and it can be debilitating. In this week’s Youtube video for kids and teens, I talk about how social media can increase anxiety and offer some tips on how […]

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PSP 249: How to Lovingly Detach from Our Kids Anxiety or OCD

PSP 249: How to Lovingly Detach from Our Kids Anxiety or OCD

How to Lovingly Detach from Our Kids Anxiety or OCD Kids with anxiety or OCD need an anchor. They need us to be a rock that helps ground them through the chaos. Unfortunately, we cannot do that when we are so immersed in their struggles that we are drowning right along with them. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I talk about learning how […]

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Beating OCD or Anxiety Starts with Accepting This

Beating OCD or Anxiety Starts with Accepting This

Beating OCD or Anxiety Starts with Accepting This So much of anxiety or OCD is the illusion of control.  If I do this, then nothing bad will happen. If I wash enough, I won’t get contaminated. If I say this in my head, the discomfort will go away. If I ask this question (again), then I’ll feel reassured. The only problem is we don’t have […]

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PSP 247: When OCD is Misdiagnosed as Learning Issues

PSP 247: When OCD is Misdiagnosed as Learning Issues

When OCD is Misdiagnosed as Learning Issues OCD doesn’t just stay in our home, it likes to wreak havoc in all areas of life, including at school.  OCD intrusive thoughts and compulsions can make a child look like they: Struggle to read Struggle to write Struggle to do math equations  Struggle to complete assignments Struggle with comprehension Struggle with focus Struggle with expression Struggle with […]

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Helping Kids Discover Core Fears Driving Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Discover Core Fears Driving Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Discover Core Fears Driving Anxiety or OCD Our kids can have a million different intrusive thoughts, anxious feelings and compulsive behaviors. But often there will be a core fear that groups these fears together. It is important to note, that regardless of what theme or core fear a child has, the framework of how to address OCD or anxiety is exactly the same.  […]

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