OCD in Children – How to Help a Child With OCD
OCD in children is tough for both the child and for the parents. If you are a parent trying to help your child with OCD, there are many options that you can take. Being well informed will help you to make the best decision. One of the things that you can do right now is to ask your child what they are afraid will happen if they don’t give into their rituals.
This of course is dependent on the fact that you know what your child’s ritual is. You see, it’s important to be able to recognize when your child is performing a ritual, that way you know what to talk about when you talk to your child about OCD. It’s also best to not talk about it all the time. It’s good for you and your child to both decide on a time a few times a week when it’s OK to talk about it. Of course you want to tell your child that they can tell you when something is especially difficult, but if not, it should wait until the agreed upon time.
You see, this uses some psychological tools. If you keep trying to talk to your child about his or her OCD, they will not want to talk about it and will close off to you. However, if when they want to talk about it, you ask them if it can wait until the scheduled time, this will at first discourage them, but then when they have the chance to talk about it, they’ll be way more open to opening up to you. You must remember that as a parent, you must let the child know that they have just as much say about their OCD as you do and that you are to work together to stop it.
OCD in children is tough especially when it gets really bad and sometimes when it gets rough, you may consider using a medication as an emergency kit. Just as you would not be able to focus on an OCD eliminating program when your OCD is through the roof, the same for a child. Sometimes it’s best to get them on some medication and then have them on for a few months before weaning them off. Only you and your doctor can decide what is right for him or her medically, but in my opinion, I feel the most effective treatment for OCD is to use medication for a few months, while teaching the client how to handle and dispel it without medication.
Then, to wean the client off the medication, and the situation will not get back to where it was and for peace of mind, you can always put them back on the medication if it gets unbearable. However keep in mind that the more time that is spent not giving into a ritual when it’s really hard not to, the more powerful the person will become over their OCD. OCD in children is not easy, but with the right guidance and structure, your child should see a marked improvement within only a few short months. The things that your child will learn will be with them for the rest of their lives, making it harder for OCD to come back into their life, therefore making the healing from OCD permanent!
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Derek Soto is an ex-sufferer of OCD who teaches people how to overcome their OCD for good in a very short time using little known techniques which are usually ignored by the medical field altogether.
Derek Soto also mentors people on a wide range of subjects including how to control your thinking naturally, how to defeat anxiety, phobias and how to change your thought processes so that you will be happier and live a more fulfilling life, period.
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