More Information on Children and OCD

Children With Untreated OCD

If not treated early, or if left untreated, anxiety and OCD in young people can lead to:
  • Repeated school absences or an inability to finish school
  • Impaired relations with peers
  • Low self-esteem
  • Alcohol or other drug use
  • Problems adjusting to work situations
  • Anxiety disorder in adulthood.

Suggestions for Parents

If parents or other caregivers notice repeated symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder in their child or adolescent, they should:
  • Talk with the child's healthcare provider. He or she can help to determine whether the symptoms are caused by OCD or by some other condition, and can also provide a referral to a mental health professional.
  • Look for a mental health professional trained in working with children and adolescents who has used cognitive behavioral therapy or some other behavioral therapy and who has prescribed medications for OCD or has cooperated with a physician who does.
  • Get accurate information from libraries, hotlines, or other sources.
  • Ask questions about treatments and services.
  • Talk with other families in their communities.
  • Find family network organizations.
People who are not satisfied with the mental healthcare they receive should discuss their concerns with the provider, ask for information, and/or seek help from other sources.
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