Are you a parent of a child with OCD or an anxiety disorder? I would love to hear your thoughts. I mentioned in a previous post that a proposal I submitted to do a presentation at a national conference was accepted. In a couple of months, I will be traveling to attend and present at that conference. My topic is about the important role parents play as part of their child’s anxiety treatment team. I will specifically be identifying things clinicians can do, or can encourage parents to do, that will help parents be a strong link in the treatment team for years to come.
For example, when my son was first diagnosed with OCD, his therapist suggested a couple of books for me to read. I did so – voraciously – and they helped me to really wrap my head around his diagnosis, and to understand how to effectively support his recovery (even in situations we hadn’t discussed in treatment).
Another example comes from my experience as a clinician working with parents with anxious children. I find that it is essential that I convey empathy for what a parent is going through. Many parents are terrified, frustrated, confused or a plethora of other emotions when they walk through a therapist’s office door. A parent who feels understood is going to be a much more willing and confident participant in the treatment team.
So my questions to you: What things have you found help/helped you to feel more a part of the treatment team, or to feel more connected to what was going on in treatment? And what helped you to feel like you were/are valuable and effective at helping your child overcome anxiety?
I will be presenting to clinicians and researchers from around the United States and Canada and I would love to incorporate the ideas of other parents into what I share. Please put your thoughts in the comment section below. All identities will remain confidential in my presentation.
I look forward to your thoughts! – Angie