OCD can become a big problem for teens and their families. In a time when adolescents are asked to perform and produce more than ever before, OCD can be debilitating. Compulsions and rituals can bring productivity to a halt and increase the chances your child will fall behind his or her peers. Likewise compulsions and rituals prevent teens from focusing on school work, sports and social time. They may begin to avoid school or socializing with the fear that their OCD symptoms will be noticed. If your teen is suffering from some or all of the symptoms listed to the right you should seriously consider talking to a therapist who specializes in this difficult disorder.
Fortunately, there is effective, short-term treatment for OCD. At the Bay Area Center for Anxiety we employ a specific type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, designed to help teens overcome their obsessions and compulsions and return to their previous way of living.
Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
1. Obsessions: Recurrent or persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are experienced as intrusive and inappropriate causing anxiety or distress
2. Compulsions: Repetitive behaviors (e.g., hand washing, putting things in order, checking) or mental acts (e.g., praying, counting, repeating words silently) that the person feels drive to perform to neutralize obsessions. The behaviors or mental acts are aimed at reducing distress or preventing a dreaded event from occurring.
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