Having OCD, an anxiety disorder which causes obsessive thoughts and repetitive behaviors, is enough of a challenge for anyone. But feeling like you’re misunderstood or written off can be even more damaging and frustrating.
Obsessive-Compulsive behaviors in a child are more likely to be noticed by a parent or teacher. This can lead to the child getting the treatment and support that he or she needs to thrive and develop healthy habits.
Teens and young adults who think they might have OCD generally have to be able to identify their own symptoms. They may feel confused and overwhelmed. If one of these young people goes to a parent and speaks about his or her uncontrollable worries and anxious behaviors, the mother or father may not know how to respond.
This is exactly what happened to a writer for PsychCentral. Her son approached her saying he had OCD, and she later realized that she had been totally unprepared for it. In her post, she writes about how parents in that situation should respond for their child’s sake. She also offers some important advice for how to cope with the OCD diagnosis in a loved one and how to be supportive.
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