OCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, is a mental health condition that affects people of all ages, including children. OCD is characterized by two main features: obsessions and compulsions.
Obsessions are persistent and intrusive thoughts, images, or impulses that are unwanted and cause significant anxiety or distress. Examples of obsessions in children with OCD may include fears of contamination, worries about harm coming to themselves or loved ones, or concerns about symmetry or orderliness.
Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that are performed in response to the obsessions, with the goal of reducing anxiety or preventing harm. Examples of compulsions in children with OCD may include excessive hand washing, checking and rechecking things like locks or appliances, or repeating certain phrases or prayers.
OCD can significantly interfere with a child's daily functioning, including their academic performance, social relationships, and family life. If you suspect your child may be struggling with OCD, it's important to seek professional help from a mental health provider who specializes in treating children with OCD.
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