Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a serious disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts, repetitive behaviors, and high levels of anxiety that can make everyday situations unbearable — particularly for children with the condition. OCD only affects 1 to 3 percent of adults, but 80 percent of those started showing symptoms before age 18. The disorder is often incorrectly portrayed in the media as merely an obsession with cleanliness, but in reality, it’s a deeply misunderstood condition that can wreak havoc on daily childhood activities like playing with friends, going to school, or enjoying hobbies.
Since OCD symptoms manifest in disparate ways, the disorder can be easily misdiagnosed as ADHD, depression, or generalized anxiety. It’s important to get an accurate diagnosis, as proper treatment for OCD is critical to managing anxiety levels and allowing your child to retain control over her life.
If you think your child’s unwanted obsessions, rituals, or daily anxiety might be due to OCD, take this simple screener test and bring the results to a mental health professional for evaluation.
Adapted from Children’s Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (CY-BOS). This is not a diagnostic tool. If you have concerns about possible OCD see a mental health professional. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation. This screener is for personal use only.