It can be so disappointing when your child has gotten relief from OCD, only to find it rear its ugly head again. It can be even more disappointing if you had the mentality that you can “cure” OCD. OCD is like Diabetes or Asthma. It is something that needs to be watched and managed throughout their life. But there is good news! The more they build those skills at recognizing and identifying OCD, the better they’ll be able to handle the bumps that come their way. Their skills are not lost. All that they worked on is not lost. Their OCD muscles to handle discomfort and deal with OCD head-on are still inside of them. Don’t let OCD convince them that they are starting from square one. They aren’t. You’ve got this. They’ve got this. In this week’s Youtube video for kids and teens I remind them that even with setbacks their skills are still there; their strength is still there.
OCD will often make our kids feel like they are a bad person. When they struggle with OCD subtypes like moral OCD or harm OCD they might have compulsions that make them repeatedly say they are sorry. Often OCD will want them to say they are sorry several times to make sure the person heard them or to get a response that makes it all okay. Or OCD might be satisfied if they just say it out loud. Regardless of what type of compulsions they have to do, saying sorry for OCD only serves to grow OCD bigger. In this week’s Youtube video I talk to kids and teens about why saying sorry is a common compulsion and how to outsmart OCD and not do what it wants.
There is an important player in the battle with anxiety or OCD – and that is ourselves. How our kids talk to themselves about their anxiety or OCD struggles can be key to their long-term success.
Dealing with anxiety or OCD can be an uphill battle. But with the right ingredients, kids can flourish and overcome many of their struggles.
How to Help Our Kids Create Daily Structure to Help OCD & Anxiety More and more these days our kids are finding themselves at home. They are often at home doing school work and are socializing more online. The hustle and bustle that used to be many of their lives has taken a hit. As we enter summer in the next few months, schedules altogether […]
Therapist Corner with Dr. Allison Solomon and Michelle Massi, LMFT Welcome to another episode of the Therapist Corner with two of my favorite therapists, Dr. Allison Solomon and Michelle Massi, LMFT. In this episode we answer questions submitted from AT Parenting Community members. We discuss a variety of issues including: Anxiety/OCD therapy with multiple diagnoses Improving OCD skills among mental health professionals Accommodating OCD Confidentiality […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Handling Overwhelm When Parenting Kids with Anxiety or OCD It can get pretty overwhelming parenting a child with anxiety or OCD. But this is a marathon not a sprint and burn out isn’t an option. Overwhelm is an issue we all deal with throughout this journey. It is something that can creep up on you without any warning. So how do we as parents dial […]
What to Do When OCD Makes Your Child Doubt They Have OCD OCD loves to make people doubt. It loves to make people doubt so much that it can even make them doubt they have OCD. Even when they have been diagnosed. Even when they have been successful in treatment. Often this doubt comes when OCD is desperate, when the person has made some great […]