Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Kids


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD is really a pitiful disorder. The unwanted behavior that a person suffering from OCD shows is actually nobody’s fault and yet everyone suffers at an emotional level. It also hinders child development, and parents cross-check their parenting styles.

Current Estimates Suggest To The Fact That

Over one in 100 children suffer from OCD. So there are million of children exhibiting this unwanted condition. OCD is a condition in which kids have unwanted thoughts and feelings which are regarded as obsession. These feelings often push the sufferer to live with anxiety, fear and lead him to develop behaviors known as compulsions or rituals. They perform these rituals continuously which often gets quite frustrating for parents.

There are ways to treat OCD, or at least keep in check, but researchers in this field have suggested a better way to treat this disorder.

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

As explained above, OCD is a medical condition where people suffering from it have uncontrollable habit for something and can’t stop doing something. A child suffering from OCD feels an urgent need for repeating the thing again and again and fears of losing out if he fails to do so.

For example, a child with OCD may tempt to clean his house every five minutes because he is afraid of the surrounding getting dirty. Someone engages in these compulsions or rituals to reduce his/her anxiety for a temporary period of time. He also imagines that performing such rituals will avoid a scary outcome. It affects child development at an emotional level.

OCD Treatment Option

For treating patients with OCD, there are a number of therapy options.

There is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), medication, expose and response prevention (ERP) etc. All of these treatments are effective to a certain degree.

Drug medication is often the go-to treatment option for most parents, but that option is expensive and the results aren’t always satisfactory.

Researchers at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have suggested a better treatment option. Their study consisted of 124 OCD participants between the age of 7 to 17 and were divided into three categories. One group received medication-only treatment, other group received medication and instructions in behavioral strategy, and the third group received medication and in-person therapy sessions. The results at the end of 12-week period was staggering. The outcomes were measured on Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale. It was found out that 30% of the medication-only group showed 30% improvement, 34% in the second group showed 30% improvement, while 64% of the third group showed a 30% improvement in their behavioral issue.

Thus, it was found out that a mix of medication and in-person ERP therapy sessions was the superior treatment option for OCD. If you’re treating your child with only antidepressant medications, then you’re leaving a lot of improvements on the table. So embrace a mix of medication and ERP sessions for better child development.

As a parent, it also depends on your parenting style on how to treat your child with OCD. Showing empathy, trying to have a meaningful conversation, and showing your child that you care about him can ease the effects of OCD. You can send your child to a child care facility where he/she will engage in different activities and with other children.

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