How to Help Kids with Anxiety or OCD When They are Angry

Kids with anxiety or OCD aren’t just fearful, often they are angry. Anxiety and OCD can cause kids to rage, meltdown and talk back. It can make them dig their heels in and be oppositional. 

Anxiety or OCD can cause a child to be angry. Learn how to help anxious kids cope with anger and how to tell when it’s the anxiety or OCD driving it.

But when parents react to those behaviors in “typical” ways, they often hit a brick wall. 


Because often anxiety and OCD is the undercurrent driving those emotions. So if you don’t address the undercurrent, you’re missing a crucial piece of the puzzle.

In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk about how to differentiate between developmentally typical anger vs anxiety or OCD triggered anger. I also talk about the counterintuitive approach to take when you know the anger was caused by your child’s anxiety or OCD.

Also, sign up for my FREE series called Survival Tools for Parents Raising Kids with Anxiety or OCD. It starts May 6th, 2021 and you can watch the videos anytime during the week the series is running.

Sign up here: or text SURVIVALTOOLS to 44222.

This podcast episode is sponsored by NOCD. NOCD provides online OCD therapy in the US, UK and Australia. To schedule your free 15 minute consultation to see if NOCD is a right fit for you and your child, go to

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