Obsessive Compulsive Disorder facts are helpful for parents of children with autism to know and understand because the more we can learn about this debilitating condition, the more we can help our kids.
One fact we as parents should understand is that OCD is absolutely no fun for our kids.
And sadly, many of our kids suffer in silence, not realizing that what they are suffering from is not their fault.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a condition in which the person has intrusive, unwanted, or disturbing thoughts that often cause anxiety and a lot of discomfort.
An example of such thoughts is a fear of germs or dirt. The sufferer will feel compelled to perform certain actions to relieve the stress from those thoughts, such as repeated washing of hands.
The fear of germs or dirt is just one example of how a person could suffer from OCD, but in reality there are many types of OCD and many ways that a person could suffer from OCD.
We’ll be discussing OCD in more detail in upcoming articles, but here are some quick facts to get us started:
1. Children and adults with OCD often suffer from other conditions, including:
2. Symptoms of OCD usually start in late adolescence and early adulthood. So you may not see any symptoms yet if you have younger children, although 1/3 of cases do begin during childhood.
3. OCD affects 2.5 % of the population. Men and women are equally likely to suffer from OCD, but boys are more likely to suffer from OCD during childhood.
4. Celebrities who have lived with OCD include, Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Radcliffe, Megan Fox and Leonardo DiCaprio.
5. Most people see how irrational their symptoms are. This knowledge can make the problem that much more frustrating to them.
6. OCD can cause a lot of anxiety and frustration. In fact, the disorder itself can be characterized as a type of anxiety.
7. Onset of OCD can sometimes happen after a traumatic life event, such as the death of a loved one.
8. It is believed that there is a relationship between OCD and irregularities in brain structure. Research on this point is inconclusive, however.
9. Diagnosis of OCD should be performed by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. A simple blood test or x-ray won’t detect this condition.
10. Stress can make symptoms of OCD worse. So we as parents should do what we can to try to lessen the stress in our kids’ lives.
11. OCD is a chronic condition with no known cure. Although I believe finding a cure is a worthy goal, I also believe we shouldn’t place our hopes too much on such objectives.
Instead, we should focus on managing and minimizing symptoms of OCD so our kids can live happy, productive lives. And living a happy, productive life while managing symptoms of OCD is a very worthy goal indeed!
12. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been proven as an effective way to cope with OCD. Watch for future articles I plan to post on this proven therapy as I am currently researching this effective treatment. CBT offers a lot of hope for people who suffer from OCD.
This list of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder facts is just the beginning of what we as parents need to learn to help our kids.
The reality is, OCD is not only difficult to live with, it can sometimes be a horrible nightmare for our kids who suffer. The more Obsessive Compulsive Disorder facts, therapies and treatments we can learn about, the better equipped we can be to actually help our kids cope with this condition.
And soon I’ll be posting more information for you so you can be empowered to help your kids. My heart goes out to kids who suffer from this often debilitating condition, and it’s vitally important that we educate ourselves.
Because if we don’t understand OCD, we may find ourselves making matters worse for our kids instead of helping them cope with their suffering.
And I know we all want to help our kids as much as we can.
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