My name is Tony Richards and when I turned 40 years old I began having unusual health symptoms including a powerful thirst and numbness in my hands. I went to see my doctor and after running tests he determined that I had diabetes. My doctor prescribed medicine for my condition and he also told me to make some lifestyle changes or the diabetes would get worse. I didn't want that to happen so I began researching ways to control diabetes. After implementing these ideas, my condition actually got better and I was able to reduce the amount of medication I was taking. If your doctor has diagnosed you with diabetes, it's very beneficial for you to read my blog so your condition doesn't worsen. I hope that by following this blog, it will help you to control your diabetes too.
OCD and anxiety are tough in adults, but it is even harder in young children who don't have the capabilities to express themselves or, even, are non-verbal. While individual sessions with a therapist who specializes in the OCD and anxiety in children is always helpful, sometimes it doesn't seem to be working or may feel like it has hit a plateau. Talk to your therapist about other techniques that you can add to your child's overall care plan, like any of the ones below.
1. Group Therapy: Sometimes being in a group of their peers can help your child learn new techniques for self-control, self-soothing, and anger management. Plus, knowing that they are not alone in their quest for help can be reassuring.
2. Diet: The American Journal of Public Health has reviewed many scholarly studies that see a correlation between the heavy use of processed foods in Western diets and anxiety in children. Changing your child's diet—or the whole family's—is not an easy task, but it is worth a shot to see if you notice any improvements.
3. Equine Therapy: There are several types of equine-assisted therapies that are used with children who have a wide range of mental health issues, from OCD and anxiety to PTSD and more. Horses have a calming effect on many people and are well-suited for this job. Plus, what kid doesn't like horses?
4. Acupuncture: Needles may sound a little extreme at first, but acupuncture has been used in the East for thousands of years. As it has migrated to the West, many people have benefited from its use. In fact, even Psychology Today states that it helps patients suffering from both anxiety and depression.
5. EMDR Therapy: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy involves several sessions with a specialist trained in the technique and includes both eye movement and tapping. While relatively new, progress has been seen in individuals suffering from anxiety, stress, and even PTSD.
6. Relaxation Techniques: From yoga and meditation to worry stones and rosary beads, any relaxation techniques that you can teach your child are helpful. Learning to self-soothe and calm oneself down is benficial when your child suffers from OCD, anxiety, or depression.
7. Medicine: If you have resisted medicating your child in the past, but want to try now. Talk to your doctor about what your options are.
Loving a child with OCD, anxiety, depression, or any mental health challenge is hard. What works for one child may not work for another. Keep trying until you find what type of OCD therapy works for your child.