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 has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.
Children with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both. These symptoms can interfere with all aspects of life, such as school and personal relationships.
Obsessions are repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images that cause anxiety.
Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that a person with OCD feels the urge to do in response to an obsessive thought.” (2)
“OCD can be a debilitating disorder, but there is treatment that can help. Unfortunately, it can take up to 14–17 years from the first onset of symptoms for people to get access to effective treatment, due to obstacles such as stigma and a lack of awareness about mental health, and OCD in particular.” (1)
That’s why Special-Ism is honoring OCD Week this year – to raise awareness and reduce the stigma. Our readership consists of teachers, clinicians and parents. You just may be the one who can recognize the early signs of OCD in the children you work with. Early recognition and treatment can help children struggling with OCD a whole lot sooner. We implore you to brush up on the signs and symptoms of OCD in children.
Explore the articles below written by our resident OCD expert, Carol Edwards, CBT. Carol is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist in the UK working with kids who have OCD. Carol offers online CBT programmes for treating OCD and related conditions. As an adviser, Carol is a tireless advocate for children and families in schools and colleges across the UK.
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(1) “International OCD Awareness Week: October 9–15, 2016.” International OCD Foundation. N.p., 30 Sept. 2016. Web. 07 Oct. 2016.
(2) “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.” U.S National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 07 Oct. 2016.