Helping Kids Understand Why Distraction Doesn’t Help Anxiety or OCD

 When I ask kids what’s the main way they cope with anxiety or OCD, I almost always hear distraction. “I try to get my mind off of it,” they usually say. Unfortunately that is like putting a bandaid on a bullet hole to stop the bleeding. Ignoring the problem doesn’t make it go away, it often makes it grow bigger long-term.

Often kids use distraction to cope with the struggles of anxiety or OCD. In this youtube video I talk about why that isn’t the key to long-term success and what is.

In this week’s Youtube video I talk to kids and teens about why distraction isn’t the key to relief and what to do instead.

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