Don’t Let Anxiety or OCD Rob Your Kids of Self Love

Don’t Let Anxiety or OCD Rob Your Kids of Self Love

Don’t Let Anxiety or OCD Rob Your Kids of Self Love Anxiety and OCD already rob our kids of so much, so it hurts when it takes a hit at their self love as well. Anxiety and OCD can feel stigmatizing and embarrassing. It can bombard a child with feelings of unworthiness and hopelessness. In this week’s Youtube video I talk to kids and teens […]

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Our Kids See What Their Anxiety & OCD Want Them to See

Our Kids See What Their Anxiety & OCD Want Them to See

Our Kids See What Their Anxiety & OCD Want Them to See Anxiety and OCD aren’t passively in the background. They are actively working to prove that the world is full of your worst fears. Anxiety and OCD will whisper, see I am keeping you safe. Look at all these situations that aren’t safe. Thank goodness for me, right?! Unfortunately, our brain is wired to […]

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PSP 231: Helping Our Kids with Anxiety or OCD by Leaning into Acceptance

PSP 231: Helping Our Kids with Anxiety or OCD by Leaning into Acceptance

Helping Our Kids with Anxiety or OCD by Leaning into Acceptance It is hard to accept that our child has anxiety or OCD. It is even harder to accept the pain, discomfort, and struggle they have to go through each day. But often we spend so much energy trying to swim upstream we get lost in the struggle.  In this week’s episode of the AT […]

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PSP 224: How to Handle When You and Your Child Both have Anxiety or OCD

PSP 224: How to Handle When You and Your Child Both have Anxiety or OCD

How to Handle When You and Your Child Both have Anxiety or OCD Anxiety and OCD are both highly genetic, so it’s not surprising that many parents find themselves raising kids with similar issues. Often though, many of us back burner our own help to focus on our children’s needs. But what if focusing on your needs also helps your child’s struggles? In this episode […]

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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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How to Stop What-If Worries 

How to Stop What-If Worries 

How to Stop What-If Worries  Everyone has what-if worries, but those of us with anxiety or OCD live in them. We give them attention, grow them and feed them until they are larger than life. Until they rob us of life. In this week’s Youtube video I talk about how to stop what-if worries in their tracks and begin living a more fulfilling life. Click […]

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PSP 220: How to Use a Strength Based Approach for Anxiety & OCD

PSP 220: How to Use a Strength Based Approach for Anxiety & OCD

How to Use a Strength Based Approach for Anxiety & OCD Can we build self-esteem and self-determination, while helping our kids with anxiety or OCD? Yes! In fact, it is crucial to learn how to do that within the context of our child’s anxiety OCD. In this episode of the AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk about how to take a strength based approach for […]

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Helping Kids Understand the Difference Between Obsessions and Compulsions

Helping Kids Understand the Difference Between Obsessions and Compulsions

Helping Kids Understand the Difference Between Obsessions and Compulsions The biggest gift we can give our kids with OCD is knowledge. The more they understand how OCD works, the more effective they’ll be at crushing it. One of the biggest areas of confusion is the difference between obsessions and compulsions and why it matters. In this week’s Youtube video, I explain to kids and teens […]

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PSP 219: How to Help a Child with Both Autism and OCD

PSP 219: How to Help a Child with Both Autism and OCD

How to Help a Child with Both Autism and OCD Many parents who are raising children with both Autism and OCD find themselves in a no man’s land of sorts. Professionals treating Autism don’t always understand OCD and those treating OCD don’t always understand Autism. Ugh. What a struggle. That is why talking to Dr. Rebecca Sachs is like talking to a rare unicorn. Her […]

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PSP 216: Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD Develop Self-Compassion

PSP 216: Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD Develop Self-Compassion

Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD Develop Self-Compassion Kids with anxiety and OCD often struggle with self-love and self-compassion. It is developmentally common for all kids to struggle with self-compassion, but when you have anxiety and OCD it can be even harder. In this episode of the AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk with Madina Alam, a Clinical Advisor with NOCD about how we, as […]

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How to Overcome OCD: What Many People Get Wrong

How to Overcome OCD: What Many People Get Wrong

OHow to Overcome OCD: What Many People Get Wrong Often in my practice people asked, “Natasha, when will the OCD thoughts and feelings go away?” I would tell them they are asking the wrong question. What they should be asking is, “When will I be able to handle the discomfort these thoughts and feelings cause?” Because that is really what we are doing in OCD […]

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OCD and Numbers: How to Help Our Kids Break Free

OCD and Numbers: How to Help Our Kids Break Free

OCD and Numbers: How to Help Our Kids Break Free Numbers can imprison our kids and turn them into counting machines. Often kids with OCD will have a favorite number or set of numbers. They might have a hated number or set of numbers. They might have to do things in evens or odds, but never both. In this week’s Youtube video, I talk to […]

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Helping Kids When OCD Makes them Fearful of Lying

Helping Kids When OCD Makes them Fearful of Lying

Helping Kids When OCD Makes them Fearful of Lying OCD likes to bother kids about many things. It likes to tell them they might do something they would never do. It makes them question what they say and how they say it.  Often with Moral OCD, kids will become fearful of lying. They might worry that they will lie, that they did lie or that […]

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PSP 202: Why Mental Health Professionals are Missing Signs of OCD

PSP 202: Why Mental Health Professionals are Missing Signs of OCD

Why Mental Health Professionals are Missing Signs of OCD When you get assessed by a mental health professional you assume that they would be well versed in all possible diagnoses. You assume they will identify, diagnose and treat any possible mental health struggle. Unfortunately that assumption is not only wrong, but dangerous. OCD seems to be the step-child of mental health education and training. Which […]

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PSP 201: How to Motivate Our Kids to Work on Anxiety or OCD

PSP 201: How to Motivate Our Kids to Work on Anxiety or OCD

How to Motivate Our Kids to Work on Anxiety or OCD One of the biggest challenges parents face when raising a child with anxiety or OCD is…motivation. How do we motivate our kids to face their fears? How do we motivate our kids to sit in discomfort? How do we motivate them to even talk about their struggles. That can feel like an uphill battle. […]

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