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Compulsions & Obsessive Behaviors

Created on August 5, 2017. Last updated on March 6th, 2024 at 04:51 pm

Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD logoSome children may have repeated thoughts, images in their minds, or urges that cause a lot of worry or distress – these are called obsessions. Compulsions, on the other hand, are behaviors or mental acts that a child engages in 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, compulsions, or other repeated behaviors 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.


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