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OCD In Children

QUESTION: OCD in children - As a parent, how do I respond?


OCD in children is difficult for both the child and the parent. Depending on the age, your child may be unable to voice properly how he or she is feeling. Children may say they have bad feelings or a lot of worries. As a parent, it is hard to see your child struggling, especially when you don’t understand what is going on.
  • First, make sure that your child is getting the medical and emotional help he/she needs. Work with counselors and physicians and follow their advice.

  • Emotionally support your child. Help him or her cope emotionally.

  • Educate yourself and your child. Read books or online sources about OCD to receive additional insight into what the disorder entails. Speaking with your doctor or therapist can provide you with a wealth of information and steer you in the proper direction for age-specific information.

  • Keep communication open. Your child’s illness may cause him/her to lose friends because the other children don’t understand. Your child needs your support.

  • Seek godly counsel. Talk to your pastor or a leader in your church. They can point you to someone who has training. You and your child do not have to go through this alone. Reach out for spiritual help.
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