Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder often starts in childhood.  A child can have intrusive thougths (obsessions) that can cause anxiety and will perform certain acts (compulsions) to try to ease that anxiety.  It can show as a need for counting, checking, making sure things are 'even' or 'just right', or stubborn habits.  The child can be irritable, withdraw from loved ones, or embarrassed and try to hide their compulsions.

Some other examples of obsessions are:

  • fear of germs
  • fear of doing something wrong/already done something wrong
  • violent thoughts
  • frightening mental pictures

Some other examples of compulsions are:

  • constantly washing hands
  • strong need for reassurance
  • doing and redoing homework/drawings
  • touching things
  • confessing things or asking lots of questions