Does my Child have OCD?

Does my Child have OCD

How to Know if your Child has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD

Many parents contact us with concerns asking “Does my Child have OCD?” Also called obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Let’s discuss what OCD is, and when to be concerned and seek professional help.


What is OCD?


Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disorder that is very debilitating for children. Kids with OCD may have repetitive thoughts or actions that they have little to no control over. These are called compulsions, and can be things like washing, counting, checking, or repeating words. Obsessions are usually harder to spot, but can include things like hoarding, religious or sexual obsessions. These compulsions and obsessions interfere with a child’s life. Usually it starts in children 9-13 years old, but it can start earlier or later than that. It is more common in boys than girls when it starts in childhood.


Many children and teens with OCD also have other mental health issues at the same time like depression, anxiety, tics, Tourette’s, speech issues, bed wetting, and eating disorders.


What should I do if it sounds like my child has OCD?


Please seek professional help from a child psychiatrist if the description above sounds like it could be your child. There are treatment options than can help your child and family with this diagnosis. A child psychiatrist can determine what the cause of the symptoms is (it might not be OCD, but something else), and create a plan to help your child. You can see a child psychiatrist via your computer or phone here on NowPsych.

Dr. Sean Paul, MD is the founder of NowPsych and is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist.