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My 11-year-old son has started having crushes on teachers and moms of friends. He has an obsessive personality and finds this all very embarrassing. What can I do?
Sexual obsessions can be really upsetting for kids, but offering too much reassurance can actually reinforce their anxiety. It sounds like what you need right now is an expert in anxiety disorders.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My son has made great progress in day treatment and is ready to return to a regular school. How can we get the school to work with him if he still has occasional outbursts?
Your son needs a school team that will be proactive about helping him behave, not waiting for him to fail.- Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA
People think my son is rude because he has tantrums when we're out, but at home he is the most loving boy in the world. Is anything wrong with him?
There could be a number of explanations for your son's behavior. One thing you can do is try to notice what is "triggering" the tantrums.- Shelley Avny, PhD
My nephew's father is dying and he's acting out in school. How can we help him?
Regular check-ins and clear answers to his questions could make him feel calmer.- Jamie Howard, PhD
My 10-year-old is either pooping his pants or not cleaning properly, leading to messy underwear almost daily. What should I do?
It sounds like he might have a condition known as encopresis and should see a pediatric gastroenterologist.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
My 10-year-old son has become more sensitive over the last two years and now cries over almost anything. What can I do?
A child who is oversensitive to small slights could be depressed or anxious. He needs to learn and practice coping skills, to handle small upsets successfully.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
Since a classmate's family was killed in a plane crash, our daughter is terribly anxious that something bad will happen to us. How can we help her?
In kids who are prone to anxiety, disturbing events can trigger disorders that call for treatment.- Jamie Howard, PhD
I'm working with a student who doesn't want to read out loud and is unresponsive in class. Please help!
Kids who freeze when asked to speak or perform in class may look like they're being defiant, but often they are acutely anxious.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My kids' fears are keeping them from doing things they need to do. And I'm so tired of fighting it I'm giving in. What can I do?
Kids need help to manage anxiety and it sounds like you need support, too.- Amanda Mintzer, PsyD
My son, who has been taking Prozac for selective mutism, is now completely verbal in school. When can we start taking him off it?
Kids tend to do best if they stay on medications for a year after their symptoms are gone or mostly gone- Natalie Weder, MD