Cognitive-behavioral therapy empowers kids to fight back against OCD.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that is oftentimes misdiagnosed or undiagnosed in children, especially because kids may be able to hide ritualistic behaviors or parents might think certain behaviors are just a phase. Children with OCD have unwanted thoughts that they try to alleviate through performing compulsive rituals such as counting, washing, checking, and ordering. Kids recognize that these thoughts and rituals are irrational and may begin to feel “crazy,” “bad,” or ashamed. In working with a therapist, parents and kids 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 kids to fight back against OCD, developing tools and self confidence in resisting urges to give into its demands.