Does your child have certain rituals that they must do?
Does your child get overly upset if things don’t go the way they want them to?
Does your child worry excessively that harm will come to their parents or themselves?
Does your child worry excessively that they will do something wrong?
Does your child have repetitive motions or sayings?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child may be suffering from OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder.
Early-onset obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the more common mental illnesses of children and adolescents, with prevalence of 1% to 3% according to the US National Library of Medicine. OCD consists of both obsessions, thoughts that won’t go away and compulsions, or behaviors that your child does in order to prevent something bad from happening.
The media portrays OCD as being neat and clean, however that is not typically the presenting symptom in most children with OCD. It is more common for a child with OCD to obsessively worry that something bad is going to happen and then do something they think will prevent the bad thing from happening. Ex. Are repeating numbers in a pattern, praying excessively, tapping fingers, assigning emotions to toys/animals, having to have things are certain way that doesn’t always make sense to their parents.
Our therapist are experts in treating childhood OCD.
At Campbell Teen & Family Therapy, Inc. we are here to help. We use a combination of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and ERP (Exposure Response Prevention) to treat OCD. We help the child through art, play and workbooks to change the way they think and to realize that nothing bad will happen if they don’t do their compulsive routines. We support the parents through listening and education to help them know how to help their child. Call (408) 628-0532 now for an assessment to see if OCD Treatment is right for your child.