OCD - Introduction Every child has worries, but kids and...

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Introduction Every child has worries, but kids and teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) frequently cannot stop distressing, even if they really want to. These worries regularly force them to act in certain ways over and over again. OCD is in nature an anxiety disorder. Children and teens with OCD become lost in thought about bad stuff that might happen, whether something could be unsafe, hazardous, incorrect, or unclean. Children and teens with OCD develop scary or upsetting thoughts or images, called obsessions. Moreover, these obsessions are very difficult to stop or avoid. Kids and teens with OCD may possibly also stress about things being out of order. Another common worry is the stress of losing or collecting things of little use or value. Strong urges to do certain things repeatedly, called rituals or compulsions, are also a part of OCD. Children or teens do these things in order to drive out the scary thoughts, or make overly certain that things are safe or clean. The Nature of the disability/disorder in school-aged children The thoughts and behaviors linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder are normally puzzling to parents, teachers and peers. Recognizing the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder can be difficult. Often these symptoms can be simply misconstrued as willful disregard, or meaningless worry. Additionally, children and teenagers might try to conceal their
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This note was uploaded on 03/06/2010 for the course ECON fin121 taught by Professor Peck during the Fall '10 term at Academy of Design Tampa.

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