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Hi, I'm Caring Carol... Welcome to OCDKidsWeb

You are bigger and taller and 

stronger than your OCD 

Caring Carol says welcome! 

Hi Kids! 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 if you send your answers to me for marking, I'll be delighted to award you a certificate for all your hard work! Before starting your first lesson, let me show you the list of things that are important for you to know...

Obsessions

Obsessions are when unwanted thoughts come into your mind unexpectedly. Obsessions might be about germs and getting ill, or feeling really dirty. Or they might be about making you feel you have to do things "just right" to feel equal, like touching one leg and then the other. Other times, unwanted thoughts make you feel you haven't read something properly; or that someone hasn't said something the way you think it should sound. Another obsession is worrying that everything might not be okay and then getting anxious thoughts that make you think something bad will happen. 

Other types of unwanted thoughts

Getting thoughts and urges to do something naughty or harmful, like stealing or pushing someone over are also obsessions. But you never do the naughty or harmful things, the thoughts and urges just make you think you will. Some children have rude thoughts too and others have fears that an accident will happen to themselves or someone they care about too. 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 and can be very scary, threatening or rude. When you get images like this it doesn't mean anything scary, threatening or rude will happen. 

It's not your fault

Never think that it's your fault when you get unwanted thoughts, urges and images, you can't help these happening, so there's no need to feel blamed for having them. Later I'll show you how to feel better about having obsessions, or less fearful.

Compulsions

The behaviours children 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 don't feel clean enough. Or you might have a compulsion to repeat what you've read in a book or ask someone to repeat what they've said until it sounds right. 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. You do these types of compulsions to undo an unwanted thought or urge or to prevent something bad happening; and you might swap a bad image in your mind for a nice one so you don't feel so scared. Compulsions you can't see are called hidden compulsions. Another term used for open and hidden compulsions is overt (open) and covert (hidden).

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

When all these things get really bad and you're upset much of the time, it means you 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 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 Lesson 1 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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