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How do you identify OCD symptoms in children?

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To identify obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, symptoms in children, a person should observe the child's behavior and see if the child has any obsessions dealing with contamination, avoiding harm, needing symmetry, doubting whether or not tasks have been completed, worrying about numbers, becoming preoccupied with religion or the afterlife, hoarding meaningless things or becoming fixated on sex according to PsychCentral. Children who have OCD are likely to exhibit obsessions and compulsions in their behavior.

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How do you identify OCD symptoms in children?
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While children may be unable to articulate their obsessive and compulsive needs, they will show signs of the behaviors according to Massachusetts General Hospital. Most children are also unable to fully grasp that their behaviors are compulsive or obsessive so they may not try to avoid the behaviors. Most adults will try to avoid their behavior. It is important for parents, educators and clinicians to recognize the signs of OCD in children because if the condition is not treated, many children will have trouble with relationships, with school and with their family.

To treat OCD in children, it is recommended that the child speaks with a therapist, that adjustments are made to the child's life in order to minimize stress and that medications are administered if necessary reports the Massachusetts General Hospital. Psychological treatment will most likely come in the form of cognitive behavior therapy and individual psychotherapy as well as potential group psychotherapy.

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