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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER

People with obsessive compulsive disorders feel distressed by their thoughts (obsessions) and find ways to make that anxiety go away (compulsions) – at least for a little while. These thoughts (obsessions) are persistent, intrusive and unwanted.

The behaviors (compulsions) can be done mentally or physically. That means that some compulsive behavior is invisible. Young children often do not understand the purpose of the compulsive behavior, they just know that it makes them feel better for a short time.

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Here’s a short video that talks more about OCD

Further Reading

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has two handouts that explain OCD to caregivers and young adults.

Child Mind Institute: Mara Wilson #MyYoungerSelf

Writer and actor Mara Wilson has words of wisdom for those with OCD.

The Source • Youth Mental Health Network

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