Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD): Overview

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Find out the main features and causes of OCD and what you can do to help your child.

Key points

  • OCD is a disorder that causes a person to experience intrusive thoughts and/or repetitive behaviour.
  • The main causes of OCD include genetics and chemical imbalances.
  • A child may have OCD on its own or with other mental health conditions such as an anxiety disorder, depression, ADHD or an eating disorder.
  • Speak to your child's doctor or paediatrician if you suspect that your child has OCD.
Last updated: July 19th 2016