What is Childhood Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

OCD is a neurobiological condition. It is estimated that 1% to 3% of children and adolescents are affected by obsession- compulsive disorder (OCD).The DSM-IV defines OCD as persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are experienced as inappropriate and the cause of anxiety and distress. These thoughts cause obsession as a way to ease their anxiety. Your child may perform repetitive actions such as chewing food a certain number of times, refusing to eat certain foods, separation anxiety or a need for order and perfection

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Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Similar But Different

little girl playing with hands
Source: (Very Well)
Author: Lisa Jo Rudy

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often misunderstood to be a condition in which individuals have a strong desire for order and repetition, or an intense focus on details. As a result, many people believe that autistic behaviors and preferences are a sign of OCD. ┬áBut autistic behaviors such as rocking or flicking fingers — or a desire for a structured routine — are actually quite distinct from the very specific qualities of OCD. Click here to read the rest of the story

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Resources

 

General Medical Definition

Mayo Clinic
Medline Plus
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Institute of Mental Health
Wikipedia

Obsessive Compulsive Disorders in Children and Teens

International OCD Foundation- Children and Youth
Kids Health
DrugRehab.com
Massachusetts General Hospital
Medscape
Psych Center

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Autism

Autism Speak Blog
Pathfinders for Autism
Seattle Children’s

Organizations

Anxiety and Depression Association of America
International OCD Foundation