Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

PANDAS

Raising Awareness of PANDAS/PANS Syndromes in Children

Today marks PANDAS/PANS Awareness Day. “PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) and PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes) are devastating syndromes that are likely as prevalent as Pediatric Cancer and Pediatric Diabetes.”, the...
magical thinking

OCD: Children and Magical Thinking

A concerned mother shares, "My 12 year old son thinks something bad will happen to me if he doesn’t do what OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) wants.  For example, this morning he knelt down to tie...
Trauma in Children

Address Trauma in Children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Nine year old James had been in a car accident with his father.  Shortly after the accident, James started experiencing negative intrusive thoughts. James repetitively asks, "What if we’re driving and the car smashes into...
Tragedy Obsessions - House Fire

3 Strategies to Help a Child Cope with Death and Tragedy Obsessions

Most children who worry about death and tragedy can usually be appropriately reassured. However, when children repeatedly fret about such things as colliding with a car in which they believe the outcome will be...
Irrational Fears

3 Steps to Help a Child Overcome Irrational Fears

Does your child worry about space, earthquakes, dying and the afterlife? Do they fear the unknown when faced with being alone in the dark or during camping and caravan trips?  Do they sit and...
Contamination Fears

Teachers: 5 Signs to Spot a Child’s Contamination Fears

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterised by intrusive thoughts, impulses and images that regularly play on the child's mind, where they feel the urge to do certain actions to ease the distress caused by...
Compulsive Checking

Compulsive Checking – Two Games to Help a Child Think Differently

Children who repeatedly check are often watchful of what’s happening around them. They take care to make sure things are okay, which in itself is fine; but when carefulness develops into something more serious,...
Bath

5 Steps to Help a Child with Unwanted Thoughts

Most children experience ‘bad’ thoughts but easily disregard them. However, some children and teenagers pay too much importance to their unpleasant thoughts and become fearful that a loved one will be harmed, or that...