Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD): Signs and symptoms

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Find out about the range of OCD signs and symptoms in children and teens and how the disorder is diagnosed.

Key points

  • Warning signs of OCD include resisting change, spending too much time on routine tasks, refusing to touch things with bare hands or experiencing outburst when unable to do things a certain way.
  • Obsessive symptoms include excessive fears and doubt and taboo thoughts. Compulsive symptoms include repeated checking or counting or needing to do things in a certain order or a certain number of times.
  • Less obvious signs can include lack of hot water, wet floors, constant changing of clothing or behaviour that isolates your child from others.
  • OCD is diagnosed through an interview with a psychologist or psychiatrist.
Last updated: July 19th 2016