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Compulsions & Obsessive Behaviors

Created on August 5, 2017. Last updated on August 3rd, 2017 at 11:15 am

Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD logoSome children may have repeated thoughts or urges that cause a lot of worry or distress – these are called obsessions. Compulsions, on the other hand, are behaviors or thoughts that a child wants to act on repeatedly, usually in response to an obsession.

Obsessions or compulsions can interrupt a person’s normal thoughts and routines, disrupting their daily life. Significant obsessions or compulsions could be a sign of one of the disorders below. You can read about each disorder and the known effective treatments by following the links.

If you have questions about your child’s behavior or symptoms, please seek the advice of a clinical child and adolescent psychologist. You can find a directory here.

Disorders

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