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Obsessive-Compulsive DisorderObsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, involves repetitive behaviors/thoughts that make no sense, according to John Purcells article Children, Adolescents, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in the Classroom
SYMPTOMS IN CHILDRENChildren might seem to worry excessively about certain things. Have you ever heard a child say the following things too often?DO YOU HAVE MY TEST GRADED? I CANT FUNCTION UNTIL IT IS!I AM SO WORRIED THAT I AM GOING TO LOSE SOMETHING TODAY!I ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE A 100.0 AVERAGE IN THAT CLASS, OR I WILL BE SO MAD!
SOMETIMES NORMAL THOUGHTS CAN GET EXTREME!I MUST GO WASH MY HANDS! MY HANDS ARE DISGUSTING!OH NO, MY WATCH IS BROKEN. NOW I WONT BE ABLE TO FUNCTION ALL DAY!OH NO, I SPILLED THIS ON MY SHIRT. MY WHOLE DAY IS RUINED!ILL START ON MY HOMEWORK AS SOON AS I FINISH MAKING THIS LIST AND DRAWING THIS PICTURE!
BUT REMEMBER.An infrequent or small duration of these thoughts and feelings are normal human nature. Weve all thought those thoughts at one time or another! However, all too often, we may have a child who may go to an extreme with these and other thoughts and habits. Thats when we might need to consider that they could have OCD!
Directly from www.ocfoundation.orgAn estimated 1 in 50 adults currently has OCD. In addition, twice this number have supposedly dealt with it earlier in their lives. OCD is a medical dysfunction of the brain that affects mental processing. It has nothing to do with ones personality type.
Directly from www.ocfoundation.orgOBSESSIONS may involve: -- Constant worries of contamination-- Constant worries of hurting self or others-- Worries of losing control of situations-- Too much spiritual or moral doubt-- A constant need to have things just so-- A constant need to confess things, ask things, and tell things
Directly from www.ocfoundation.orgCOMPULSIONS may involve:-- excessive cleaning-- repititions of things-- constantly checking things-- constantly having to touch certain things-- constantly having to count certain things-- constantly having to arrange things
When does OCD start?It could start anywhere from preschool age to middle-age adulthood! A large percentage of OCD sufferers trace the beginnings of their problems to childhood! It often takes many years to get the right diagnosis and treatment for the disorder. However, once the right treatment is found, the persons distress symptoms can be greatly reduced!
Is OCD inherited?Apparently so, but an OCD parent might struggle with different symptoms than an OCD child might display!
Remember, this is a chemical disorder in the brain. More research needs to be done, but it seems to involve communication problems between the front part of the brain and some deeper portions according to the OC Foundations research.
Light at the end of the tunnel From what we have discussed, you can imagine the moments of discomfort and unnecessary stress that accompanies this disorder! But there is good news!
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is available to help patients perform mental exercises to eliminate Obsessive-Compulsive symptoms. Along with medication, there is hope to completely overcome the disorder!
OCD anxiety can be greatly reduced!Although the symptoms may completely go away in only a few of the OCD patients, the vast majority of those who continue to struggle with the disorder do find their symptoms to be greatly reduced with the proper therapy and medication! You can have this disorder and live a normal life! If you think you may have this disorder, dont panic, because you can get relief!
BE PATIENT!Remember, we may have to deal with OCD symptoms in our students, ourselves, and loved ones. Sometimes, our colleagues and administrators in the school environment may struggle with these symptoms as well as the parents of our students. Be aware that this disorder is out there, and be patient and understanding of those who struggle with it!
KEEP STANDARDS HIGH, AS LONG AS THEY ARE REALISTIC!Dont write OCD students off as worthless, and dont let them write themselves off as worthless! Continue to hold high expectations for these students, as long as you remember to be reasonably flexible!
Remember, children with OCD can live a BALANCED LIFE!