Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by the presence of obsessive and/or compulsive behaviors that significantly interfere with a person's daily functioning and quality of life.

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OCD is a mental health condition that can affect individuals of all ages, including children and adolescents.

Symptoms of OCD in children and adolescents may include:

Excessive worrying or anxiety

Repetitive behaviors, such as checking, counting, or arranging items

Fear of contamination or germs

Preoccupation with order, symmetry, or precision

Uncontrollable and unwanted thoughts or images

Ritualistic behaviors, such as touching or tapping

Difficulty concentrating or completing tasks due to preoccupation with obsessive thoughts

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OCD in children and adolescents often manifests in ways that are different from how it appears in adults.

For example, children with OCD may have repetitive behaviors, such as counting or tapping, and may exhibit compulsions related to symmetry or order. They may also have obsessive thoughts related to harm, contamination, or religion.

If you suspect that your child or adolescent may be experiencing symptoms of OCD, it is important to seek professional help. Treatment for OCD typically involves a combination of therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is often used to help individuals with OCD identify and change their thought patterns and behaviors. Antidepressant medications may also be prescribed to help manage symptoms.

Overall, with appropriate treatment and support, children and adolescents with OCD can learn to manage their symptoms and lead happy and fulfilling lives.

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We offer in-person and tele-health appointments

Our therapists will determine if tele-health therapy is an appropriate option for your individual needs and circumstances.