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Available now! OCDTherapistHelp "learn and recover" study course for parents whose teenagers are living with obsessive compulsive disorder. Please click the link below! 

OCD Therapist

You are bigger and taller and 

stronger than your OCD 

Caring Carol says welcome! 

Hi! Welcome to OCKidsWeb! Caring Carol can't wait to help you with your OCD because she understands how difficult it must be for you to live with unwanted thoughts and also behaviours that are bothersome. She will teach you lots of things about unwanted thoughts so that you can start to feel better about them. She will also help you to understand why you feel you need to do things over and over again, like hand-washing, checking, tapping, counting, or something else. She will give you quick tests after each lesson and will be delighted to award you a certificate for all your hard work! 

Obsessions

An obsession is when you can't stop thinking about unwanted thoughts. Unwanted thoughts might be about germs and getting ill, or feeling really dirty. You may have thoughts and feelings that make you feel like things are not right too, like when you get dressed, or get into bed, or when someone says something and you need them to repeat it so it sounds "just right". 

Other types of intrusive thoughts

Getting a thought, urge or impulse to do something naughty or harmful, like stealing or pushing someone over can also happen. But children never do the naughty or harmful things, the thoughts and urges just make them think they will. Other children have thoughts about something dangerous happening to themselves or someone they care about.These thoughts have a special name, which is pure-obsessive disorder or pure-o for short.

Images

Some children get horrible pictures popping into their heads too. These pictures are often called repeated images. The images might be about accidents happening, something scary, rude, or other things that you want to go away. When children get images it doesn't mean any of these things will happen. Some children think that it's their fault that they get intrusive thoughts or images, but they can't help it, so there's no need to feel blamed for having them.

Compulsions

The behaviours you do over and over again are called compulsions. You do these behaviours to try to stop the obsessions, and also distress. Washing your hands repeatedly is a compulsion you can see and you might do this when you feel fearful of getting germs; or when you cannot feel clean enough. Some compulsions can't be seen. When you can't see a compulsion, it means you might be counting under your breath or saying a little phrase to undo an unwanted thought, impulse or image; or to prevent something bad happening. Children who have pure-o thoughts usually do hidden compulsions. 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

When all these things get really bad and upset children a lot it means they probably have OCD. This stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

How OCDKidsWeb can help you?

Caring Carol from OCDKidsWeb will teach you more about why OCD makes you get obsessions, compulsions, images and urges. OCDKidsWeb can help your parents or caregiver to help you manage all of these things so that you can do the things you want to do instead of what OCD wants you to do.

Let's get started

Are you ready to get started? Great, let's go to to the next page and learn more about obsessions. 

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