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What are the causes of OCD in a child?

What are the causes of OCD in a child?

Many: Not completely known but genetics appears to present an underlying predisposition and then biological factors (such as infections and other illnesses) and environmental factors (changes in the child's world including relationship issues, abuse, school issues) may trigger or worsen ocd. ...Read more

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Can OCD develop in a child as young as 2 or 3 years?

Can OCD develop in a child as young as 2 or 3 years?

It is possible: It is possible. Many children that young have some behaviors that might be called ocd...They like to line up their toys etc...It is hard to label it true OCD that lung. If you are concerned about this then being seen by your physician to discuss it further is warranted. ...Read more

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Hi, My child is suffering from OCD what should I do?

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My child is suffering from OCD what should I do?

Hard to say: You have provided no history, so I'll assume no treatment has been started.There are treatments available but these should be coordinated through the kids doc and a child psychiatrist.Proper evaluation of his basic health is needed before any medication is tried. The medications involved have potential side effects so they should be prescribed and followed by someone who does it on a regular basis ...Read more

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Can a child fully recover from OCD by the time he is an adult?

Yes and no.: There are no known cures for ocd, which tends to wax and wane over time. However, there are well-established treatments, both medications and behavioral interventions, that can markedly diminish the impairment OCD can cause and help the child continue developing normally in other arenas of life. Cbt has been shown to be especially effective in reducing the likelihood of future episodes. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a young child has ocd?

How can you tell if a young child has ocd?

OCD: Compulsive behaviors characterized by orderliness, conscientiousness, reliability and the desire not to make mistakes, to complete tasks by taking responsibility seriously. ...Read more

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Can a traumatic event as a child cause you to develop ocd?

Yes, but: Although such is not always the case... Some patients with OCD were never abused, and some people who experienced traumas as children develop other disorders than ocd, or none at all... ...Read more

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What are the biggest risks to a male child who has growing diagnosis of tourets, ocd, odd, disturbance of conduct, anxiety . Do?

What are the biggest risks to a male child who has growing diagnosis of tourets, ocd, odd, disturbance of conduct, anxiety . Do?

A good doctor: A board certified child psychiatrist would be the best one to help sort out the various conditions you mentioned. I would tackle first the one which is the greatest problem at the present time. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is touretes, ocd, odd and anxiety in a child....A brain developement issue?

Is touretes, ocd, odd and anxiety in a child....A brain developement issue?

Not that we know.: However, if asking whether it's genetic or not, there seems to be a genetic component to all of those disorders with odd (opositional defiant disorder) having no known link. Anxiety, especially panic disoder and agoraphobia, have a somewhat stronger link but not to the degree tourettes and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) have. No brain "development issues" have been found in these disorders. ...Read more

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Does OCD as a child predispose you to anorexia later in life?

Does OCD as a child predispose you to anorexia later in life?

Possibly: Most people with eating disorders have complex issues (comorbidities) including generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, ocd, depression, poor self image, ad/hd and others. So, compared to kids without ocd, those with it are more likely to have associated conditions, including eating disorders. ...Read more

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Child at age 7 with severe ocd, what would be a good treatment?

Child at age 7 with severe ocd, what would be a good treatment?

SSRI and CBT: Talk to a child psychiatrist about this. The usual treatment would be zoloft (sertraline) and cognitive behavioral therapy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If you have OCD as a child, are you at risk for developing anorexia as an adult?

If you have OCD as a child, are you at risk for developing anorexia as an adult?

Yes, but...: Although there is an association with childhood OCD and anorexia nervosa, most people with OCD do not develop anorexia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa is, itself, a serious illness with inherent obsessive-compulsive features, so there is considerable symptom overlap between anorexia nervosa and ocd. Anorexia nervosa is a life-threatening illness and anyone who may have it needs immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the best and safest medication for a child with OCD to take in conjunction with therapy?

What is the best and safest medication for a child with OCD to take in conjunction with therapy?

Varies with child: There is no one "best" medication for a child with ocd to take. There are several possible ones, allowing for some individualization of treatment. Selection depends on results of a comprehensive evaluation including family history and other health problems the child may have, plus other medications s/he might be taking. ...Read more

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Can a parent do harm when their child has ocd?

Can a parent do harm when their child has ocd?

Not permanent.: It's most important that your child be getting support from a licensed therapist trained in exposure and response prevention. As long as you a re working in conjunction with that therapist and your child's md (psychotropic meds are often needed to do successful exposures depending on the severity of the ocd), you will not be doing any irreparable harm. Be sure to get support for yourself, too! ...Read more

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Can biofeedback therapy help a child with ocd?

Can biofeedback therapy  help a child with ocd?

Not established: The standard treatment for OCD is ssris and cbt, alone or preferably in combination. There are claims that neurofeedback can assist or replace cbt, but no studies of which I am aware. It can help reduce anxiety, which is typically a prominent feature of ocd; but, that might or might not help with the OCD symptoms themselves. ...Read more

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If I am pregnant and have ocd, does my OCD transfer to my unborn child?

If I am pregnant and have ocd, does my OCD transfer to my unborn child?

OCD: Ocd usually has a genetic factor. However, it is not always a straight forward association. There are probably other factors that play a role in development of ocd. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a child of four years old having a sluggish thyroid. He had blood tests that revealed he had a sluggish thyroid, he is thin and very active, the reason they did the blood work, is that they think he has ocd.

What are the signs of a child of four years old having a sluggish thyroid. He had blood tests that revealed he had a sluggish thyroid, he is thin and very active, the
reason they did the blood work, is that they think he has ocd.

The : The signs and symptoms of "underactive thyroid" or hypothyroidism can vary depending on the levels of the thyroid hormones. At first it may be barely noticeable, but as the levels drop, more symptoms may appear. Common symptoms include fatigue, excessive sleepiness, weight gain, pale, dry skin, poor appetite, cold intolerance, thinning brittle hair and fingernails, constipation, hoarse voice, fullness in the neck, muscle aches or weakness, poor school performance and depression. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune type of hypothyroidisim which is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in children and teens. 5-10% of people with this will have an increase in thyroid hormone before a decrease leading to symptoms such as hyperactivity, nervousness, difficulty sleeping, weight loss/poor growth, diarrhea, fatigue, palpitations, sweating/heat intolerance, and poor school performance. Once diagnosed, patients thyroid hormone levels are followed closely so that the right amount of thyroid replacement hormone can be given in the form a medication. As the medication causes the hormone levels to return to normal, most symptoms disappear. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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My child has had strep. Throat before, and he has tics and/or ocd. Does that mean he has pandas?

My child has had strep. Throat before, and he has tics and/or ocd. Does that mean he has pandas?

Not enough: Panda's requires periodic flare-ups of tics/ocd associated with recent infection and elevated antistreptocccocal antibodies - aso and antidnase - that elevated when the symptoms flare. Your doctor is the only one who can diagnose panda's. ...Read more

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How do I know if my child suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder?

How do I know if my child suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder?

MD is best source.: The diagnosis of OCD is made when a patient reports having obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, or by observation of compulsive behaviors. Children are reluctant to reveal these symptoms due to fear of being labeled "crazy". Observe your child. If you see repetitive, ritualistic behaviors, with anxiety, isolation, or depression ask them gently to share their thoughts and fears. Seek help. ...Read more