OCD can develop at any age. If you have a family history of OCD or any other anxiety disorders it is a good idea to be vigilant around your child’s unusual behavior. It may not be just a phase they are going through or naughty behavior. Younger children may find it hard to articulate their thoughts and feelings around their urges and behavior. Older children may feel embarrassed and try to hide their thoughts, feelings and behaviors and become withdrawn and or argumentative. However generally the parents will know something is up as their child becomes more reliant on reassurance and they develop abnormal ritualistic routines.
Here are a few early signs that your child may be suffering from OCD:
The subject matter of OCD is endless. However to be sure your child has OCD it is always best to talk to an expert regarding your observations and concerns.
Here’s the good news, children tend to respond really well to cognitive and behavioral change in therapy. However like anything the sooner they make the change the better the outcome. It is really important that the child trust and likes the therapist and they are willing to practice ERP.
I highly advise either one or both parents become involved in the therapy process. This will support further understanding and guidelines on how they should respond to the child’s behavior.
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