OCD in Children: Things to Know

Sep 06 , 2021

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is the presence of compulsive behavior in the personality of children which is a type of anxiety disorder.

You may think that trying to keep things a certain way is normal but when clubbed with other habits like washing hands frequently, repeating things and feeling extremely disturbed, etc, it can be a sign that your child has OCD.  So we bring you the complete guide about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children:

Symptoms and signs 

 Sticking to a particular routine and daily activities of your children can help you understand if your child has OCD. This is what common symptoms look like:

  • Constantly trying to get rid of germs and dirt 
  • Violent and obsessive thoughts that make them out of control 
  • Being very particular and caring too much about details 
  • Worrying frequently 
  • Repetitive behavior 
  • Redoing things often 
  • Inability to concentrate 

Causes of OCD in children 

While there is no known cause behind a child’s OCD but it is noticed that it runs in the family. This fact, however, is not backed up by any scientific evidence. Another probable reason can be a difference in brain activity.  


OCD can be improved with medical help, once it is diagnosed. Here are the different treatment methods:

 Therapy: Cognitive and behavioral methods can help children stay in control and deal with their fears. Therapy can help children understand how to deal with their obsessive behavior and figure out ways to make it better.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for treatment: The Serotonin levels in children with OCD can be low. Doctors may advise children to take the doses. 

Try to talk to your children and help them feel comfortable about sharing how they feel. Children with OCD are often embarrassed about their condition and find it difficult to share things openly. 

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