Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in children can be a complex challenge, but with the right support, your child can thrive. Interborough’s specialized Child OCD Therapy is designed to provide effective, empathetic treatment tailored to the unique needs of each child.
Our experienced therapists use a combination of evidence-based techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to help children understand and manage their OCD symptoms. We believe in a holistic approach that involves the family, equipping both you and your child with the tools to navigate OCD. At Interborough, we’re committed to helping your child regain confidence and enjoy a happier, more fulfilling childhood.
This brain condition affects how children think. It is characterized by obsessions and compulsions that take up at least an hour a day. For many children, however, obsessions and compulsions consume several hours a day. Obsessions are involuntary intrusive thoughts, images or impulses that cause unbearable worry, fear or discomfort. To cope with the obsessions, children usually devise processes or actions called compulsions, or rituals. In some cases, rituals are observable: a child washes his or her hands excessively or checks locks for extensive periods of time.
In other cases, compulsions may be completed mentally and cannot be detected by an outside observer: the child is mentally saying a prayer to prevent something terrible from happening. These repetitive, ritualistic acts make a child feel better, but the relief is only temporary. Some children with OCD may have a motor tic, a repetitive movement, such as eye blinking or shoulder jerking, or a vocal tic, repetitive throat-clearing, sniffing, or grunting sounds.
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