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What to tell your child who has OCD.

Updated: Jan 3, 2022

  1. Everything is going to be OK. It may be tough at times but it will be OK!

  2. You are not crazy or sick. You have a condition which can be managed

  3. No one is normal and you are as good as everyone else

  4. OCD is a long term condition but, with coping skills, it need not stop you doing anything you want in life

  5. You will need to learn coping skills and keep practicing these

  6. Many successful people have OCD including business leaders, actors, musicians, singers, artists, etc. You are in good company

  7. OCD means that you may feel emotions more strongly than others - this is OK!

  8. In order to manage your OCD you will need to learn how to tolerate discomfort (mainly emotional) and not try to get rid of it

  9. In order to manage your OCD you will need to make sure you work hard on doing tasks for yourself

  10. Working on your OCD will be really beneficial for your life in general

  11. As parents we are here to support you (but not to do OCD things for you!)

  12. We are going to get the right, specialist help for you from people who understand

  13. We are going to get through this as a family

  14. Never give up on your OCD! You can do it!

Please do seek specialist OCD treatment so that you get sound, reliable advice as a family. The most effective treatment for children with OCD should be based upon the FIT model, in other words, Family Integrated Therapy. OCD is a lifestyle invasive condition and when it comes to treating children, should be family-focused.

What you say to your child now will make all the difference in how they relate to themselves and their OCD in the future.

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