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

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

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 […]

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PSP 196: How to Help Your Child with Anxiety or OCD Advocate for Themselves

PSP 196: How to Help Your Child with Anxiety or OCD Advocate for Themselves

How to Help Your Child with Anxiety or OCD Advocate for Themselves As much as we want to protect our child from anything and everything, it is important that we teach them how to advocate for themselves. This is especially true when our kids have anxiety or OCD. They need to know how to articulate how they feel and what they need. This is true […]

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PSP 195: How to Help Your Child Maintain Progress with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 195: How to Help Your Child Maintain Progress with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 195: How to Help Your Child Maintain Progress with Anxiety or OCD So your child has just crushed their anxiety or OCD. You are feeling on top of the world and so are they. Now what? This is often when the ball is dropped. It is often when the seeds of the next infestation of weeds are left to grow, unchecked and unmanaged. But […]

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Helping Kids Cope with Bad Thoughts

Helping Kids Cope with Bad Thoughts

Helping Kids Cope with Bad Thoughts Having “bad thoughts” is the hallmark of both anxiety and OCD. I often get asked questions like, “How do I get rid of bad thoughts” and “How can I make bad thoughts go away?” Those aren’t the right questions to be asking. It isn’t the bad thoughts that are the issue, it is how we respond to those bad […]

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Helping Kids with OCD Understand the Power of Exposures

Helping Kids with OCD Understand the Power of Exposures

Helping Kids with OCD Understand the Power of Exposures  Does your child struggle with OCD? Do they have intrusive thoughts, intrusive feelings, unwanted images or bad thoughts that overwhelm them? Often the way to get OCD relief is the opposite of what people think. The only evidenced-based treatment approach is a type of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) called ERP (Exposure Response Prevention). In this video […]

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Helping Kids Who Need to Take Medication for Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Who Need to Take Medication for Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Who Need to Take Medication for Anxiety or OCD Some kids will need to take Insulin to address their Diabetes, and some kids will need medication to help address their anxiety or OCD. But many kids and teens might feel nervous about the idea of medication. In this week’s Youtube video I talk about why some kids with anxiety or OCD need medication […]

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PSP 191: Should You Tell Your Child They Have Anxiety or OCD?

PSP 191: Should You Tell Your Child They Have Anxiety or OCD?

Should You Tell Your Child They Have Anxiety or OCD? Many parents worry about telling their child they have anxiety or OCD. Some worry about potentially labeling their kids. Some worry that it will make their child feel different. Others worry about the stigma the child will face. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival episode, I dive deep into the pros and cons of telling […]

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PSP 190: When OCD isn’t About Fear, But Rather Disgust

PSP 190: When OCD isn’t About Fear, But Rather Disgust

When OCD isn’t a Fear, But Rather a Feeling of Disgust Unfortunately many people believe, including some mental health professionals, that in order to have OCD you must have a core fear. Sadly, many people get misdiagnosed because people are searching up, down and all around for a fear. But OCD doesn’t have to be an intrusive thought, it can also be an intrusive feeling. […]

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PSP 189: Helping Parents Handle the Grief that Comes with an Anxiety or OCD Diagnosis

PSP 189: Helping Parents Handle the Grief that Comes with an Anxiety or OCD Diagnosis

Helping Parents Handle the Grief that Comes with an Anxiety or OCD Diagnosis Most of us had a fantasy of what parenting would look like. It might have involved Pinterest crafts, bake sales and play dates. It probably didn’t include hyperventilating, panic and avoidance. None of us signed up to parent a child with anxiety or OCD and most of us weren’t prepared to do […]

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PSP 188: Red Flags to Watch for When Working with an Anxiety or OCD Therapist

PSP 188: Red Flags to Watch for When Working with an Anxiety or OCD Therapist

Red Flags to Watch for When Working with an Anxiety or OCD Therapist Not all therapy is the same. Not all therapists are the same. And when it comes to anxiety and OCD you really want to get it right the first time. But many parents don’t know what to look for and some don’t even realize warning bells should be going off. I invited […]

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PSP 187: Empowering Our Kids with Anxiety or OCD to Help Themselves

PSP 187: Empowering Our Kids with Anxiety or OCD to Help Themselves

Empowering Our Kids with Anxiety or OCD to Help Themselves We want the best for our kids. We want our kids to blossom and live a happy fulfilling life. But when our kids start to struggle with anxiety or OCD we might think that rosy picture is gone forever. We might think we have to “cure” anxiety or OCD for them to be well again. […]

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PSP 186: Helping Teens with OCD with Lisa Coyne

PSP 186: Helping Teens with OCD with Lisa Coyne

Helping Teens with OCD with Lisa Coyne Most teens don’t want people to tell them what to do, especially their parents. So what are parents supposed to do when they desperately want to help their teen with OCD? Sometimes that can be tricky. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I invited Lisa Coyne, the co-author of the book, Stuff That’s Loud and the founder […]

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PSP 185: Graphic Novel to Help Teens with OCD | Interview with Jason Adam Katzenstein

PSP 185: Graphic Novel to Help Teens with OCD | Interview with Jason Adam Katzenstein

Graphic Novel for Teens with OCD | Interview with Jason Adam Katzenstein Jason Adam Katzenstein gets it. He gets the struggle of what it feels like to have OCD and he gets the fear that comes along with trying to crush it.   Luckily for the OCD community, Jason is a popular and gifted cartoonist who decided to take his personal and vulnerable story and […]

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How to Help Our Kids Get OCD Relief

How to Help Our Kids Get OCD Relief

How to Help Our Kids Get OCD Relief It is so hard to watch as our kids struggle with OCD. As parents all we want is for our kids to get some OCD relief. But how are we supposed to do that? Especially if they don’t feel like they are ready to work on it? In this latest Youtube video, I talk about getting OCD […]

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PSP 184: Four Simple Steps to Help Kids Self-Regulate with Lauren Spigelmyer

PSP 184: Four Simple Steps to Help Kids Self-Regulate with Lauren Spigelmyer

4 Simple Steps to Help Kids Self-Regulate with Lauren Spigelmyer Many of our kids have a hard time self-regulating. Just like other skills, we often have to teach our kids how to successfully handle their difficult emotions. This can be especially hard for kids that have anxiety and OCD. When you are a child who already struggles with hyperarousal, it doesn’t take much to throw […]

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