Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessions are persistent ideas, thoughts, impulses or images that are intrusive and inappropriate and that cause marked anxiety. Compulsions are behaviours that are excessive and repetitive with the intent to relieve anxiety.
For both adults and children, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can be helped with a combination lock approach to settle the brain and nervous system and to change the way one might respond to anxiety producing thoughts. Optimal diet and nutrition are additional factors that may greatly assist if adjusted.
In adult OCD, the person can usually see that his/her responses are exaggerated and not logical. A child may lack this insight. Parents have expressed relief to learn about childhood OCD and have benefited from learning skills to be able to understand and support their child without giving power to the obsessions and fears.
It is important for parents to realize that their child is not just looking for attention or acting out. The fears are real and they may not simply fade with time. A child with exaggerated fears, phobias and obsessions, can be exhausting and frustrating for all the family, including the sufferer.
While it might be tempting to blame your family member when frustration is heightened, this is usually not a helpful approach. We have found it a lot more effective to attend to the problem behaviours and thought patterns as the focus of change.
The most common symptoms associated with OCD include:
Fears that something dreadful will happen to self or family
Fear of germs or contamination
Constant need for reassurance about things in general
The need to check, count or do things repetitively in a particular way.
Listed alphabetically, our approach to treating OCD includes: