Sensorimotor OCD | When Kids Get too Focused on Breathing, Blinking, Swallowing and Peeing

We all do many things without a conscious thought. Our heart beats. Our food is digested. Our breath goes in and then goes out. Our eyes lids go up and then they go down. Our bladder constantly fills. But what happens when your attention constantly goes to these automatic behaviors? Welcome to the torturous world of Sensorimotor OCD.

Sensorimotor OCD happens when the mind cannot stop focusing on automatic bodily functions. I explore how Sensorimotor OCD impacts kids and what to do about it.

OCD isn’t often understood by most, but Sensorimotor OCD is even less understood.

 

In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I am helping parents navigate the confusing world of Sensorimotor OCD. We talk about what it is and what to do about it.

 

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Other Resources on Sensorimotor OCD:

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 84 Kid Edition: When Anxiety Gives You the Feeling Like You have to Pee Right After You Pee

Body Focused Obsessions: Sensorimotor OCD

Navigating Hyperawareness Obsessions by Jon Hershfield

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