This section is designed specifically for kids! When you are a kid struggling with OCD, its normal to feel confused at times about your OCD. In this section we hope that you will find some helpful videos for you to better understand your OCD, how to tell others and important tips on fighting your OCD. Remember that you are not alone and there are millions of others just like you. Help is available and it can get better!
Videos: For Kids
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Aureen Wagner, PhD, explains what obsessive compulsive disorder is and how it can be like an allergy. She says that OCD makes your mind play tricks on you by telling you that something is extremely scary, even if nothing is actually wrong.
Aureen Wagner, PhD, explains that sometimes teachers might not understand OCD at first. One way to help your teacher understand is by asking if you and your parents can meet with teachers to explain what OCD is.
Aureen Wagner, PhD, discusses how it can be hard to decide if you want to tell your friends about your OCD. Maybe you or your family member is worried about what other people will think if they know you have OCD. She explains that you don't have to tell your friends about it right away, and the best time to tell your friends about your OCD is when you're doing well. Think carefully about who your want to tell and when you want to tell them.
Aureen Wagner, PhD, gives advice on what to do if you're unsure if your worry is your OCD or not. She says to ask yourself if you want to have this worry and if you like having this thought or worry. If the answer to those two questions is no, than it is your OCD. You might also look around and see if anyone else has this thought or worry. If nobody else has that worry, them your worry is probably your OCD.
Aureen Wagner, PhD, explains that OCD may take up a lot of your family's time. Your siblings may be upset with you because of this. Try to explain to them that you can't control it but are doing your best and working your hardest to get through your OCD.
Aureen Wagner, PhD, explains that there is treatment out there for OCD and that you can learn how to handle it. She shares some strategies for fighting your OCD.
Aureen Wagner, PhD, explains that it can be scary to face your fears. However, you are much braver than you think you are. Your therapist will understand that you are scared and will help you take small steps to facing your fear. You may also want to set up a system with your parents that allows you to earn "bravery tickets" every time you try to face your fear. You can then trade those tickets in for a reward.
Dr. McIngvale shares her personal experience living with OCD as a teenager.
Eric A. Storch, PhD shares an example of OCD treatment for children. He goes over explaining OCD, treatment, building a hierarchy, and relapse prevention and applying ERP tools in a way easy for children to understand.
Hannah Lovitt talks about her experience starting Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP). She says "refusing to do one exposure may seem like the easier thing to do in the short term but in the long run, doing the exposure is so much more beneficial to you"