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Definition of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


All children have worries but children with OCD often cannot stop their worrying thoughts which become obsessional. OCD can often fall under the umbrella of anxiety disorder. Children with OCD often experience obsessional thoughts, such as needing to count to 20, despite the fact that most are aware that these are irrational.



Signs and Symptoms of OCD


These obsessional thoughts can come in many different forms below are just a few examples:

  • Fear of dirt, germs or contamination

  • A need for symmetry, order, and precision

  • Religious obsessions

  • Preoccupation with body wastes

  • Lucky and unlucky numbers, needing to count to a certain number

  • Sexual or aggressive thoughts

  • Fear of illness or harm coming to oneself or relatives

  • Preoccupation with household items

  • Intrusive sounds or words


Some children feel they need to carry out an action despite the fact that most are aware that this is irrational, these actions are called compulsions.


There are some common compulsions that children perform to try and alleviate the anxiety such as:

  • Hand washing, showering, and teeth brushing

  • Going in and out of doorways, needing to move through spaces in a special way, or rereading, erasing, and rewriting

  • Making sure that an appliance is off or a door is locked and repeatedly checking homework

  • Touching rituals

  • Rituals to prevent harming self or others

  • Ordering or arranging objects

  • Counting rituals

  • Hoarding and collecting things of no apparent value

  • Cleaning rituals related to the house or other items



Treatment of OCD


OCD can be treated with both medication, an anti-depressant or talking therapy or both.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diagnosis

Your OCD Pathway

An initial 1.5 hour assessment will be required.


During this time your doctor will cover the points below:

  • Pharmacological treatment may be required ONLY if in agreement.

  • 30 minute follow ups will be dependent on treatment and as and when necessary depending on severity.

  • If Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or family therapy is necessary a referral will be made.