Childhood Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)  

Children with OCD have repetitive thoughts about obsessions, they have compulsions, they often repeat the same words and phrases or they repeat the same actions such as hand washing, they check things all the time and they often need things to be a certain way.

Childhood Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a type of mental illness that affects children and adolescents. 

It is a chronic and long-lasting condition that involves experiencing repeated and unwanted thoughts and engaging in repetitive behaviors  in order to lower their anxiety caused by the thoughts. 

Children who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can learn to manage their symptoms. Children who have childhood OCD can go to cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT helps the child to understand their thoughts and behaviors and teaches them new ways to cope and manage their anxiety. 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- long periods of time spent touching things
- extreme obsession with dirt or germs
- checking and rechecking things multiple times
- too much attention to detail
- hoarding objects
- repetitive handwashing
- worrying about something bad occurring
- aggressive thoughts, urges, or behaviors
- touching or stepping in certain ways
- counting and recounting a lot
- upset because things aren't just right
- putting things in a certain order
- repeating words, phrases, or questions
- worrying that someone they love could get sick or hurt
- arranging things over and over
- having unwanted thoughts
- frequently confessing or apologizing
- trouble making choices
- thinking about something over and over
- extreme fears about doing something wrong
- doubting decisions
- needing excessive reassurance

Childhood Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is more common than many think, approximately 1 in 100 children are affected. It is slightly more common in boys than girls. Children who have a family history of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder of mental health disorders are at a higher risk.

DISCLAIMER: I am not an Occupational Therapist. I am an adult who has Sensory Processing Disorder, a sensory parent and a Grandma. The information on this website is not medical advice and does not replace the information that your child's therapists gives you. These are just ideas and information that I have learned myself over the years of being a parent and an adult living with SPD. If you are concerned for your child, please always seek medical attention through a family doctor, pediatrician or therapist. This website is for suggestions and informational purposes only. Each child is different and what works for one child may not for another because all children have different needs. Please always consult with a professional.

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