Psymplicity Healthcare is a specialist provider of bespoke Obsessive Compulsive Disorder treatment plans for children and teenagers. Our psychiatrists provide indepth assessment and diagnosis services, working closely with you, your child, their school and any specialists to gather relevant information, assess their condition and recommend a way forward. You can attend the initial assessment in the way that is most comfortable for you and your child, either in person at our Harley Street psychiatry clinic, or online via video consultation. We are currently offering an 85 minute online assessment for £595 - so you can see if our approach works for you.
Children often struggle to communicate their feelings and it can be difficult for you as a parent to recognise if they are suffering from mental health issues. If you do find your child’s behaviors and actions to be confusing or are worried about how to handle their actions, our team of mental health professionals have years of experience in diagnosing and providing the right treatment for your child.
One of the most common mental health issues in children and teenagers is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a type of treatable anxiety disorder that affects children as young as six. Children and teenagers with OCD have repetitive intrusive thoughts that something is wrong, things around them are dirty or that someone could hurt them. These thoughts can cause them to develop certain compulsive behaviors and obsessive actions, which can lead disruptions in their daily activities, academic performance, social life and your family life. With the right diagnosis and care, your child can regain control over their symptoms and lead a happy, fulfilling life.
Children with OCD suffer from obsessions, which are persistently appearing fears and thoughts that can be very upsetting. These obsessions cause high levels of stress and anxiety, and can lead to the triggering of compulsions in response to the anxiety.
Obsessions can manifest in persistent worry about:
Compulsions can manifest in repetitive actions, such as:
Children tend to exhibit pronounced patterns or symptoms in different environments such as school and home.
Scientists and doctors have been researching the cause of OCD for years, and although they have not been able to specifically identify the exact cause, it is believed that the following factors can play a part in developing OCD in children:
For some children and teenagers, OCD tends to be associated with other disorders. Some of the most common disorders that are diagnosed in children and teenagers suffering from OCD are depression, eating disorders, anxiety and panic disorders.
Mild cases of OCD in children can be treated with cognitive behavior therapy or medication. However, if the symptoms intensify or impairment caused by the condition becomes more severe, a treatment that combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and medication can prove to be effective.
A specialised form of CBT, called Exposure and Response Prevention Theory (ERP), is a form of psychotherapy that has proven most effective in treating OCD in children and teenagers. Research shows that more than 80% of the patients who have undergone ERP therapy experience a significant reduction in OCD symptoms. ERP places the children in situations that expose them to their obsessions and simultaneously prevents them from performing the compulsions that they typically resort to manage their anxiety. Although ERP triggers anxiety, it is always performed in a controlled environment, and the child is exposed to their stimulants gradually, with an intention to overcome the anxiety.
Our team of specialists have years of experience dealing with children and teenagers suffering from OCD, and will create a bespoke treatment plan that is best suited to your child’s needs.
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Dr Quadir is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who works within the NHS and the private sector. Having gained her Medical degree from Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2009, she has gone on to complete her Specialty Training in Child And Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr Quadir works with young people from the ages of 4 to 17, and has experience working with a wide range of disorders including Depression, Anxiety and Neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and Autism.
Dr Amber is a Consultant Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist. She uses a compassionate and integrated approach which combines biological, psychological and social perspectives with evidence based care. She works closely with her multidisciplinary colleagues and liaises with other professionals, including school counsellors and paediatricians, whenever possible.
Dr Karen McCarty completed her BSc in Psychology, including an additional research year with the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital. She worked as an Assistant Psychologist in West London for one year before attaining a place on the DClin Psy training programme at the University of Hertfordshire in 2003.
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While some children manage to overcome OCD completely with suitable treatment, others may not be fully cured, but do learn to overcome and enjoy significant relief from its symptoms. With the right treatment and care, your child can learn to free themselves of the limitations caused by their condition, and enjoy a happy, healthy life.
While it is possible for biological parents to pass OCD on to their children through their genes, parenting styles do not appear to have an impact on childhood OCD. Being strict or rigid with your child does not result in them developing symptoms of OCD.
If your child is suffering from OCD, you can seek professional help to support them in dealing with their condition. You can also help them at home in the following ways:
Children suffering from OCD often find it difficult to function well at school. But they can be helped and supported by creating a caring environment by following these methods: