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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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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Definition)

Ocd is characterized by the presence of obsessions/compulsions that are recognized as excessive/unreasonable and time consuming (> 1 hr/day). Obsessions are recurrent/persistent thoughts, impulses, or images. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that one feels driven to perform in response to an obsession. The compulsions are aimed at preventing or ...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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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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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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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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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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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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