Cognitive-behavioral therapy empowers teens to fight back against OCD.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that is oftentimes misdiagnosed or undiagnosed in teens, especially because they may be able to hide ritualistic behaviors or their parents might think certain behaviors are just a phase. Teens with OCD have unwanted thoughts that they try to alleviate through performing compulsive rituals such as counting, washing, checking, and ordering. Though most teens recognize that these thoughts and rituals are irrational, they are very difficult to manage, which may lead to a teen feeling “crazy” or “different.” Consequently, many teens with OCD exhibit low self esteem, social withdrawal, and difficulty concentrating at school. In working with a therapist, parents and teens learn that OCD is like a “brain hiccup” that keeps coming back, tricking you into engaging in compulsions to feel safe or “just right” again. Cognitive-behavioral therapy empowers teens to fight back against OCD, developing tools and self confidence in resisting urges to give into its demands.