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.
Symptoms of OCD in children and adolescents may include:
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.