Children and teenagers are not easily diagnosed with OCD and unfortunately it seems to go unnoticed.

Current research is beginning to shed light on the development of OCD, and it seems that it may have it’s onset slightly earlier than previously speculated. This does not mean that parents should be concerned, it means that we are becoming better at detecting, diagnosing and treating OCD earlier, so that it does not become a problem or difficulty fir a person later in life.

Also although OCD does have a strong genetic component or predisposition, it does not mean that if a parent has OCD or other anxiety difficulty their child will definitely develop it. It seems that many individuals also need certain circumstances in order for OCD to develop. We are not yet fully aware if exactly what all these circumstances are yet, but many include early life trauma, stress and or fear learning or modeling.

If you suspect your child may be suffering from OCD, there are a lot of really good resources. These can be found at

http://www.ocdinchildren.org/

http://www.childrenstherapy.co.za

http://childsminds.wordpress.com/

http://www.ocfoundation.org/

 

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