Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Children and Teens

How to Help Your Child: A Parent's Guide to OCD
This excellent document provides helpful, research-based information for the parents of a child with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. It will help parents understand OCD, identify symptoms, and find the right kind of treatment. [Beyond OCD]

OCD in Kids
This site provides information on OCD for children and teens with OCD, their parents, and school personnel. [IOCDF]

"Got OCD?"
This helpful guide is designed specifically for teens and pre-teens. It provides an overview of the causes of this disorder, treatment, and how to talk about it. The brochure also includes stories of kids with OCD. [Beyond OCD]

4 Steps of Brain Lock 
This site offers an overview of Dr. Schwartz's helpful, 4-Step method for overcoming OCD. This information is helpful for OCD sufferers as well as their friends and family members who want to know more about it in order to encourage them. You can order a book or audio cassette of BrainLock in the "Resources" section of this website. [Jeffrey Schwartz, MD]

OCD in Children and Teens from the IOCDF
This organization provides education and assistance to individuals with OCD and their family and friends. This organization also provides information and resources on the diagnosis and treatment of OCD. They have information on medication and psychological treatment of OCD for children, adolescents and adults. The IOCDF can help individuals find counselors and psychiatrists who have training in dealing with OCD. [International OCD Foundation]

An Introduction to the 'Over-Active Conscience': Understanding Scrupulosity and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder  (210 kb) 
This document describes a subtype of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder called "scrupulosity." This occurs when symptoms of OCD are intertwined in religious and moral matters. [ACCFS]

Learning to Live with OCD  (158 kb)
Learning to Live with OCD gives guidelines on how to live with someone who has OCD and provides special guidelines for educators, employers, children, and adolescents.  Also includes an overview of OCD and the types of treatment. [Barbara Van Noppen PhD.]

When Reassurance is Harmful  (71 kb)
This document provides insight on someone with OCD and how reassurance is harmful to them. [IOCDF]


Resources for Parents of Children with OCD

Freeing Your Child from OCD: A Powerful, Practical Program for Parents of Children/Adolescents    amazon.com
Author: Tamar Chansky
This 354-page book is a very practical resource that is highly recommended to parents of children/adolescents with OCD. It helps parents make sense of the symptoms, become aware of treatments that are beneficial, and helps parents avoid accidentally becoming a part of the obsessive-compulsive cycle. 

Worried No More - Help and Hope for Anxious Children  amazon.com
Author: Aureen Wagner, Ph.D.
This 182-page book describes an effective way for parents, schools, and healthcare professionals to work collaboratively to help children cope with worry, school refusal, separation anxiety, excessive shyness, panic, disasters and tragedies, phobias, obsessions, and compulsions. 

Books for Children with OCD

Take Control of OCD: The Ultimate Guide for Kids with OCD  amazon.com
Author:  Bonnie Zucker
A unique guide just for kids ages 10–16 with obsessive compulsive disorder to help them take control of their disorder and find success in school and in life. Using a cognitive-behavioral therapy method to challenge obsessive thinking patterns and promote gradual exposure, the book takes kids step-by-step through a ladder-based process to conquer their fears and demolish their worries.

Up & Down the Worry Hill  amazon.com
Author: Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D.
This 48-page book describes OCD from a child's perspective. It attempts to give children with OCD a sense of control and hope in their lives.

What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck  amazon.com
Author: Dawn Huebner, Ph.D.
This 95-page book is to help guide children and parents through the cognitive behavioral techniques used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder. This What-to-Do Guide is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to work toward change. 

What to Do When Good Enough Isn't Good Enough: The Real Deal on Perfectionism  amazon.com
Author: Thomas S. Greenspon, Ph.D.
This 137-page book can help parents and children alike in managing the pros and cons of perfectionism. Designed for children around the ages of 9-14 to be able to read themselves; this book can also be an effective parent user manual by helping parents know how to understand and appropriately guide their perfectionist type child.

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."  Philippians 4:6-8