obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd)
Children struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder have obsessions that repeatedly run through their mind and compulsions or urges to complete actions that they feel unable to resist. Families are often confused about why their child is consumed by these thoughts, or why their child is so insistent upon completing these actions.
OCD is treated with a form of CBT called Exposure and Response Prevention that involves learning coping skills and then drawing on those skills.
- Exposure involves facing the fears or concerns head on
- Response Prevention involves using coping skills to resist the compulsions and beat OCD