Understanding the problem of OCD in children
Children with OCD need special care and attention to take care of the problem. For starters, you need to prepare a childhood OCD checklist that will help you pay attention to the special needs of your kids. That should include: • OCD Medication: Although cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the main form of treatment for OCD, children with more severe cases require a combination of medication and CBT. SSRIs are a group of antidepressants prescribed to children that reduce their anxiety and make them more responsive to therapy. The medication may be discontinued or decreased as the kid learns skills that help overcome his/her anxiety over time. A few drugs help control excessive anger or irritability that may complicate the treatment of the condition. • Advice for Parents: When you have an anxious kid, your role is to offer comfort, reassurance, and safety. Instead of shielding your child from triggers, you need to help him/her accommodate the disorder, so it doesn’t take over his/her life. Involving the parents in CBT treatment and assigning them the role of co-therapists increases the effectiveness. In due time, you should help your child face his/her fears rather than avoiding them. Remind the kid about the skills he/she has developed during the course of the treatment so they can use them at the required moment. • Child Abuse: Coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder that stems from childhood trauma is not easy. At times, the kid may feel like he’s doing fine, but on other days, he might be falling apart. The better his/her understanding of OCD, the better he will be able to address the past and move ahead towards a healthier life.
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