Compulsions are often missed by parents and therapists not trained to treat OCD. Sometimes our kids will be doing something right in front of us and we’ll miss it. It is easy to do when OCD has a million different disguises. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast I explore some commonly missed compulsions and what to do when you accurately spot a new weed growing.
As therapists, we teach people with OCD to accept their intrusive thoughts without doing compulsions. We might even suggest that they sarcastically agree with their OCD thoughts so they don’t fall into the trap of arguing with OCD. But what if OCD uses those skills against them? What if OCD tells them that because they are able to accept or even sarcastically agree with their intrusive thoughts that somehow they are true? In this week’s Youtube video I talk to kids and teens about how OCD can try to outsmart them and how they can stand their ground.