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What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Children?

Learn about obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in children from Dr. Kimberly Williams in this Howcast video.


Obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD is a form of anxiety that is very functionally impairing. OCD occurs in children, adolescent, teenagers and can go on through adulthood. Its irrational fears that manifest in compulsions and repetitive behaviors and rituals. For instance a child with OCD may repeat the same actions over and over again, such as washing their hands or turning the lights on and off. These irrational thoughts or rituals that have to be performed over and over again actually make the child feel safe. For instance a child may feel that if they don't make up their bed the same way every single day something bad might happen to a member of their family. OCD is often something that people are ashamed of and so they don't talk about it which makes it more difficult to seek help. Obsessive compulsive disorder is treatable through behavioral therapy and medication management. It takes a long time sometimes because the individual has to learn how to decrease the irrational thoughts and substitute the ritualistic or obsessive behaviors for more positive behaviors. This anxiety disorder is quite complex but these are some of the few key symptoms in behaviors of OCD.

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