Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

defecation phobia

How to Help a Child Overcome Defecation Phobia

Children with defecation phobia form a vicious circle that often involves withholding a bowel movement for days followed by a bowel movement that would accompany ritualistic behaviors. George, aged 12, believes he will become contaminated...
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...
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...
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,...
OCD

#OCDWeek – Honoring OCD Awareness Week

  Did you know that up to 1 in 200 children have OCD? That’s a half a million children in the US alone. (1) "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic disorder in which a child...
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...
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...
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...