Disgust OCD and Contamination

Disgust OCD and Contamination

When people have contamination OCD it is often assumed that the person is afraid of germs. While some people with contamination OCD are afraid of germs, some are overwhelmed with a feeling of disgust.

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Is Anxiety or OCD Overwhelming Your Child?

Is Anxiety or OCD Overwhelming Your Child?

Anxiety and OCD are overwhelming. They can be so overwhelming that your child might not want to even try to work on their anxiety or OCD. But there is always hope. 

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Is Your Child Doing Mental Compulsions for OCD and Doesn’t Know it?!

Is Your Child Doing Mental Compulsions for OCD and Doesn’t Know it?!

OCD can be sneaky! Often people think they aren’t doing any OCD compulsions and so they don’t think they have OCD. There are a ton of mental compulsions that are often missed!

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OCD and the Fear You or Others May Turn into Something Else?!

OCD and the Fear You or Others May Turn into Something Else?!

OCD can cause all sorts of confusing intrusive thoughts. A common one is the OCD intrusive thought that you or someone around you may turn into something else. OCD loves doubt and this type of doubt can feel overwhelming.

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Hidden Superpowers in Kids with OCD

Hidden Superpowers in Kids with OCD

Hidden Superpowers in Kids with OCD
Nobody wants OCD. It can be an overwhelming, debilitating condition. But there are some common strengths in people who have OCD. While learning to crush OCD, it is important that we also celebrate our children’s attributes that make them amazing. Often we miss these things and forget to notice the aspects of our kids that make them wonderful.

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Is OCD Using Facts as a Weapon Against You?

Is OCD Using Facts as a Weapon Against You?

OCD will use everything in its power to keep you growing it, including facts. If we search, we can find literally any fact to support OCD’s lies. OCD will often take a fact and exaggerate the risk. OCD will take a fact and scare you into doing more compulsions. OCD will take facts to prove it is right.

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Is Your Child Trying to Satisfy OCD? That’s Not How to Beat OCD.

Is Your Child Trying to Satisfy OCD? That’s Not How to Beat OCD.

If your child is listening to OCD, they’ll never beat OCD. That’s the hard truth about learning to overcome OCD. You cannot play OCD’s games and improve. You cannot do what OCD wants and reduce OCD symptoms.

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Who is Your Child Fighting? Their OCD or You?

Who is Your Child Fighting? Their OCD or You?

OCD loves to get our kids on the hamster wheel of rules, compulsions and avoidance. It dangles a carrot that says, “Just do what I want and all your discomfort will go away.” When our kids believe OCD’s lies they live in a world that is controlled by OCD.

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Who’s the Boss? You or OCD?

Who’s the Boss? You or OCD?

When you have OCD you hand over all power to a glitch in your brain. You allow OCD to construct rules, beliefs and compulsions that hold you prisoner. Unfortunately the more you feed this OCD glitch, the bigger the glitch grows. The rules morph, the OCD compulsions shift, and the cycle becomes never ending.

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Does Your Child’s OCD Get Stuck on Emotions?

Does Your Child’s OCD Get Stuck on Emotions?

OCD likes to hook into everything, including our child’s emotions. It is common for people to have OCD themes around emotions.

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OCD Compulsions are Fuel to OCD | Is Your Child Fueling Their OCD?

OCD Compulsions are Fuel to OCD | Is Your Child Fueling Their OCD?

The math is simple. The more compulsions our kids do, the bigger their OCD will grow. And yet, OCD can make it feel more complicated in their head. It can make them go to the mental gym weighing out the dangers. It can make them calculate the risks. It can make them believe that their safety or even their identity is at risk.
So how do they stop fueling their OCD? First, they should learn what things are compulsions. Kids (and parents) often miss compulsions that only consist of avoidance, accommodations or mental activities. Second, they need to build their muscles to not fuel their OCD. The best way to reduce OCD is to cut off the fuel line. That can take time, patience and perseverance – but it is the sure fire way to reduce OCD symptoms in the long-term.

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Does Your Child Get Anxious Anticipating Things? How to Get Relief from Anticipatory Anxiety.

Does Your Child Get Anxious Anticipating Things? How to Get Relief from Anticipatory Anxiety.

Anticipatory anxiety can be just as paralyzing as other anxiety themes. When we live in the world of what-ifs we can build up so much anxiety that we are immobilized by the time the situation or event arrives. It can help to teach our kids to build up skills on how to manage their anxiety prior to the situation. When they proactively quell the monumental avalanche of anxious thoughts they show up for the event/situation with less anxiety. In this week’s YouTube video for kids and teens I talk about some approaches to handle and reduce anticipatory anxiety.

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When Your Child’s Faced with Anxiety or OCD Struggles Do They Give Up Before They Begin?

When Your Child’s Faced with Anxiety or OCD Struggles Do They Give Up Before They Begin?

How does your child talk to themselves when faced with anxiety or OCD struggles? How they show up to these anxiety or OCD issues can make all the difference. Do they cheer for themselves or do they cheer for anxiety or OCD? In this week’s Youtube video I talk to kids and teens about how our internal dialogue around anxiety or OCD is crucial.

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OCD Coping Strategies vs OCD Treatment Strategies for Kids

OCD Coping Strategies vs OCD Treatment Strategies for Kids

There is a difference between OCD coping strategies and OCD treatment strategies. When we talk about OCD treatment we are focusing on ERP, Exposure Response Prevention, a type of CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy. In order to get relief from OCD we tell kids to lean in and often do the opposite of what OCD compulsions want them to do. But what do they do to cope with the stress, anxiety and overwhelm OCD typically brings with it? What do they do when OCD symptoms are taking a toll? In this week’s YouTube video I talk to kids and teens about the difference between OCD coping strategies and OCD treatments and how to do both.

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Does Your Child think Anxiety or OCD is Keeping Them Safe?

Does Your Child think Anxiety or OCD is Keeping Them Safe?

Does Your Child think Anxiety or OCD is Keeping Them Safe? Often kids who are resistant to help will tell me their anxiety or OCD is keeping them “safe.”  I have plans, just in case… I am more cautious and it has kept me safe… I play out scenarios so I’m prepared… Although we all should have a healthy relationship with fear and intuition, anxiety […]

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