Signs Of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder In Children

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About one in 200 children suffers from some kind of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a personality disorder. All children have worries and concerns, but children with OCD can’t stop their obsessive thoughts from happening. Here are a few signs that your child’s behavior may be cause for concern:

  • Excessive fear of dirt, germs or illness
  • Unreasonable attention to detail
  • Need for symmetry and order
  • Fear that something bad will happen to a loved one
  • Washing hands excessively
  • Repeatedly checking to see if a door is locked or an appliance is turned off
  • Having a strict ritual before going to bed
  • Repeatedly and excessively asking the same questions
  • Chronic coughing or throat clearing
  • Collecting or hoarding specific items

The symptoms can range from mild to severe. Since there is no laboratory test for OCD in children, diagnosis is based on comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. If you’re seeking a Costa Mesa psychiatrist to help determine if your child has OCD, contact Dr. Tucker’s office to make an appointment.