Our OCD Youth website is especially for young people, their parents and teachers. On this site you can download information and resources, join online forums and meet other young people with OCD.
Problems with obsessions and compulsions can cause distress and worry, and can begin to affect young people at school, with their friends and in their families. Many children have mild obsessions and compulsions at some time, for example having to organise their toys in a special way or saying good night a certain number of times. This is not OCD. So, parents might ask “What might be the signs that a young person’s rituals are the beginning of OCD?”.
To begin to answer this question, assess these three things:
- Are the rituals upsetting?
- Do they take up a lot of time (more than one hour per day)?
- Do they interfere with everyday life (eg, school, friends, etc)?
If the answer to these questions is ‘Yes’, it may be that the young person has OCD. At this point it is time to get some advice from a professional. OCD is a recognised, treatable problem. If you have questions our helpline team will be happy to help. You can contact them on 0845 3906232