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Available now! OCD "Learn and Recover" Course for your Teens... 

OCD Therapist

You are bigger and taller and 

stronger than your OCD 

Caring Carol says welcome! 

Hi! Welcome to OCKidsWeb! I can't wait to help you with your OCD because I understand how difficult it must be for you to live with unwanted thoughts and also behaviours that are bothersome. I will teach you lots of things about unwanted thoughts so that you can start to feel better about them. I 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. Oh, and I will give you some quick tests after each lesson and will be delighted to award you a certificate for all your hard work! 


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.


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.


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. This is called an open compulsion because it's visible to others. 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 or prayer to undo an unwanted thought, impulse or image; or to prevent something bad happening. Children who have pure-o thoughts usually do compulsions that other people can't see. These are called hidden compulsions. Another term used for open and hidden compulsions are overt (open) and covert (hidden).

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 I can help you?

I will teach you more about why OCD makes you get obsessions, compulsions, images and urges. At OCDKidsWeb I 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, click on the link below and this will take you to the next page where you will learn more about obsessions. See you there! 

Lesson 1

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