Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder where a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions that cause anxiety and compulsions (also referred to as rituals) that are used to try to get rid of the anxiety.
Obsessions are unwanted ideas, thoughts, images, or urges that may be extreme or disturbing and can cause a lot of worry, anxiety, and doubt.
Compulsions are excessive, repetitive behaviors the child feels he or she must do in order to get rid of the upsetting feelings. A child may also believe that engaging in these compulsions will somehow prevent bad things from happening.
OCD is diagnosed when these obsessions and compulsions take up so much time that they interfere with the child's daily life.
- 1 in 200 kids/teens suffer from OCD
- OCD can occur at any age but Childhood OCD typically develops at 8-12 and late teen years.
- Children may not recognize that their thoughts, feelings and rituals are out of the ordinary, and may not think to ask for help.