What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
A child with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder has constant, unwanted ideas or impulses. These impulses are called obsessions and are most often unpleasant and cause a great deal of anxiety. Children who suffer from OCD will respond to these obsessions with compulsions. Compulsions are behaviors or rituals performed to give relief from obsessions. These may include washing, rearranging, hoarding, listmaking, checking, and counting. OCD is not a personality flaw or a weakness of character. It is a serious disorder, which is treatable with medication.