Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in School Aged Children



Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions).Often the person carries out the behaviors to get rid of the obsessive thoughts, but this only provides temporary relief. Not performing the obsessive rituals can cause great anxiety. A person’s level of OCD can be anywhere from mild to severe, but if severe and left untreated, it can destroy a person’s capacity to function at work, at school or even to lead a comfortable existence in the home.

OCD affects about 2.2 million American adults, and the problem can be accompanied by eating disorders, other anxiety disorders, or depression. It strikes men and women in roughly equal numbers and usually appears in childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood. One-third of adults with OCD develop symptoms as children, and research indicates that OCD might run in families.

Although OCD symptoms typically begin during the teen years or early adulthood, research shows that some children may even develop the illness during preschool. Studies indicate that at least one-third of cases of adult OCD began in childhood. Suffering from OCD during early stages of a child’s development can cause severe problems for the child. It is important that the child receive evaluation and treatment as soon as possible to prevent the child from missing important opportunities because of this disorder. Source


  • Unproductive time retracing the same word or touching the same objects over and over
  • Erasing sentences or problems repeatedly
  • Counting and recounting objects, or arranging and rearranging objects at their desk
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom
  • Poor concentration
  • Falling grades
  • School avoidance
  • Anxiety or depressed mood


OCD At School – AADA of America

Teachers Guide to OCD in the Classroom

Managing OCD Symptoms in School: Strategies for parents and educators – With Great “My Anti -Worry Plan” Activity


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – NASP


OCD Kids Movie

For Parents

Helping Children and Youth with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Information for Parents and Caregivers

Home Management Strategies for OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children and Teenagers

Talking Back to OCD Learn More 

When a Family Member has OCD Learn More

The MIGHTY Visit Site

Freeing your Child from OCD Learn More

Worried No More Learn More




More Helpful Links for Kids and Families

The International OCD Foundation Visit iOCDF

Project UROK Visit Site

OCD Education Station Visit Site

Find a Therapist or Clinic Search Now

Online Support Groups

OCD and Parenting Join Up

OCD Support Join Up

OCD Support For Teens Join Up

Everything OCD Visit Facebook Page

Suggested Reading for Kids

Up And Down Worry Hill Learn More

Mr. Worry Learn More

Blink, Blink, Clop, Clop Learn More

What To Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck Learn More



Additional Resources

Wisdo Visit

The OCD Stories Visit

The Secret Illness Visit

Intrusive Thoughts Visit


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