Does Your Child Worry Accepting OCD Thoughts Means They Agree with Them?

Does Your Child Worry Accepting OCD Thoughts Means They Agree with Them?

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.

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PSP 290: Helping Kids with OCD when it is a Feeling, not a Fear

PSP 290: Helping Kids with OCD when it is a Feeling, not a Fear

OCD is not always about a fear, sometimes it is about a feeling. Kids with OCD can have intrusive feelings around disgust. They can have issues where things don’t feel just right. They can be hyper focused on bodily sensations like their breathing, blinking, heart rhythm and bladder. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast I explore how these types of OCD themes show up and how to do ERP (exposure with response prevention) with this type of issue.

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PSP 289: Parenting a Child with Moral OCD

PSP 289: Parenting a Child with Moral OCD

When kids have Moral OCD, intrusive thoughts they are a bad person, it can be hard to discipline and set boundaries. It can also hit their self-esteem on a level that makes it hard to manage. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk to parents about how to navigate the minefield of discipline, redirection, self-esteem and boundary setting in kids with Moral or Scrupulosity OCD.

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Does Your Child Argue with OCD? Why That Makes OCD Worse. 

Does Your Child Argue with OCD? Why That Makes OCD Worse. 

Anxiety is like playing checkers, but OCD is like playing chess. You can try to rationalize with anxiety. You can problem-solve and try to talk yourself out of anxiety. It may not be easy, but with skills, you can make some headway. But OCD is a different game entirely. OCD will easily outsmart you if you don’t know the rules of the game.

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Helping Kids with OCD when Songs Get Stuck in their Head

Helping Kids with OCD when Songs Get Stuck in their Head

Many of us get songs stuck in our heads, that’s common. But when you have OCD, thoughts, images and even songs can get “sticky.” In this week’s Youtube video I talk to kids and teens about why this becomes an OCD issue and how to overcome it.

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Two Ways of Looking at OCD

Two Ways of Looking at OCD

There are two ways to approach OCD. The first is to align with OCD and appease, negotiate and listen to the rules it dictates. The world outside of OCD is the problem. The second is to recognize that OCD is not a friend, confidante or protector. It does not dictate rational rules to keep you safe or comfortable. It is the discomfort maker. In this week’s Youtube I am talking to kids and teens about this and asking them, which way do they want to see OCD?

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Did I Miss Something? Rewind and repeat OCD compulsions

Did I Miss Something? Rewind and repeat OCD compulsions

OCD isn’t always about fears, sometimes it is about feelings. A feeling of incompleteness is common in OCD. One way OCD shows up is in the feeling you didn’t “catch it all.” You might have a feeling of incompleteness or it might trigger other themes like, “am I lying if I said I read this?” Or “will something bad happen if I don’t reread or rewatch this?” This can cause people with OCD to read and reread lines, paragraphs or chapters. It can make people rewind and rewatch videos over and over again. It can make you ask people to repeat themselves or explain themselves over and over again.

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PSP 283: Inpatient Treatment for OCD: When to Consider it & What to Do After

PSP 283: Inpatient Treatment for OCD: When to Consider it & What to Do After

OCD can take over our child or teen’s world and sometimes we have to get more intensive support. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk about the different levels of care that are available to kids with OCD, when to consider intensive outpatient or residential care and what to do when they come back home.

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Learn OCD’s Sneaky Moves When Your Child Starts to Make Progress

Learn OCD’s Sneaky Moves When Your Child Starts to Make Progress

OCD is so sneaky! I often say it is like playing chess with a chess master. The minute your child starts to make progress, OCD can make some head dizzying countermoves.  But don’t get too unsteady, in this week’s Youtube video I’m going to break down some of the common countermoves so OCD doesn’t throw your child or teen off track!

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PSP 279: How to Help Your Child with OCD related to Contamination

PSP 279: How to Help Your Child with OCD related to Contamination

OCD comes in many different shapes and flavors. One way it shows up is through the concept of “contamination.” Contamination means something different for each person who suffers from OCD, but they all have two things in common:
Something/someone cannot be touched and should be avoided
Contamination can spread from object to object, person to person (and even place to place)

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PSP 278: Helping Kids with OCD Know They are Not Alone

PSP 278: Helping Kids with OCD Know They are Not Alone

Having OCD can be a lonely experience. Kids can feel like there is no one else out there who gets their struggles. And really, who can blame them? The media (and even worse social media) often spend their time talking about OCD like it’s a meme or an adjective.

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Would Your Child be able to Spot New OCD Themes?

Would Your Child be able to Spot New OCD Themes?

There is one thing we know for sure, OCD likes to play whac-a-mole. OCD will shift and change over time. It wears many disguises and often goes undetected. Would your child or teen know how to spot new OCD themes when they are just starting to form? It is helpful for us as parents to understand what to look for, but even more important for our kids to know themselves!

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What’s Holding Your Child Back from Working on OCD?

What’s Holding Your Child Back from Working on OCD?

What’s holding your child back from working on OCD? The answer can be different for each person. Perhaps talking about it feels too scary or embarrassing. Maybe not listening to OCD seems too hard or too risky. For some, it might seem like too much work with not enough payoff. Whatever it might be for your child it is helpful to address those barriers head-on.

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PSP 276: How to Spot if You are Talking to OCD vs Your Child

PSP 276: How to Spot if You are Talking to OCD vs Your Child

OCD is sneaky! It hides in the questions our children ask. It disguises itself with curiosity, constant checking or over apologetic responses. OCD is a family affair and it often gets us as parents to inadvertently grow it on a daily basis.

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Will OCD Ever Go Away?

Will OCD Ever Go Away?

This is the million-dollar question that people with OCD want to know. Will OCD go away? And the common follow-up question is… When will OCD go away? Ironically these questions are part of what keeps OCD around.

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