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Children with OCD


Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) generally starts during the early adolescence or young adulthood period for most eventual sufferers. Some studies indicate that as many as 1 in every 200 children are prone to this condition. OCD occurs early and can persist and even worsen if the proper steps are not taken to battle the disorder.

OCD is recognized as a mental disorder that forces its sufferers to behave in ways that they do not want to behave, by way of non-stop and irremovable obsessions. These obsessions can be sparked by a number of thoughts, images or memories, and more often than not, lead to compulsions that the sufferer is powerless to stop. The compulsions are repetitive in nature, and can often stress a person out beyond belief. The impact that it has on children, particularly, is especially drastic.

Over the course of several years, obsessive thoughts tend to vary among sufferers who have been dealing with the disorder for an extended period of time. Whereas a younger OCD sufferer may be prone to experiencing one type of thought (and subsequent compulsion), an older sufferer may experience a completely different set of obsessions and compulsions. This makes sense, obviously, because as children grow and become more aware of their surroundings, the things which they fear may grow or change.

Generally, children with OCD can battle back against the disorder with a healthy dosage of psychotherapy and medicine. The therapeutic methods are known to be particularly effective among younger patients, as they lack the preconceived notions and doubts about the process that older patients may have. The medicinal route, more often than not, features serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Any parent who feels that their child may be suffering for OCD and wants further testing and/or to be made aware of treatment options, should contact their local mental health physician immediately.

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