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Management For Children And Adults With OCD
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OCD among children is an unusual disorder. It ranks fourth after panic disorder and schizophrenia. From the moment it starts until it vanishes it is known be controlled by interactions which are psychological, biological and social. It is important to identify where the start of the symptom originated in order to know the appropriate treatment to be give so as to lessen the burden felt by the children because of the symptoms.

Due to the symptoms one suffer from Obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD, such as the drive of doing things over and over again and having worries that are beyond the normal, it becomes so disturbing and stressful. Anxieties for children are not usual, especially when it occur most of the time; thus, it keeps them away from an enthusiastic and jolly life they should normally have.

Because most of the patients experiencing ODC are in their adulthood, Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been a reasonable and practical treatment for the majority of patients. Relatively it is difficult to apply CBT in children because due to the fact that cases of OCD among them is very rare.

Yet, CBT is not impossible for children. It can give best results under patients who experience dominant symptoms. This cannot be made possible without the help and cooperation of the family members and the child himself. CBT can be successful through patient’s elimination of his rituals, positive outlook in life and the capability to check the symptoms from time to time. Therapeutic effects and children’s response are very important data to help them in treating their disorder. It is very important that the family members should also be equipped with matters concerning OCD. They should also know drug therapy with the inclusion of pharmacotherapeutic, their negative effect and possible realistic results. Study says that after drug intake, it must be followed up for a week before considering the effectiveness of the drug.

The Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), like fluoxetine (Prozac®) and sertraline (Zoloft®), and a Tri-cyclic Antidepressant (TCA), clomipramine (Anafranil®), ranks first in the possible treatments applicable for children. If the latter is unavailable, the doctor resorts to the prescription of clomipramine however has a side effect such as difficulty in urinating, sleepiness and dryness of the mouth must be looked upon.

There are other therapies also given to patients. One is behavioral therapy where children are placed in conditions and situations that have anxiety symptoms. By this, they are trained to have more strength in resisting the threat of compulsion. Another is psychotherapy which is an efficient way of therapy whereby it reduces stress, anxiety and improver interpersonal relationship so as to resolution misunderstandings and interior disagreements.

Study proves that consistent follow up and treatment of children with OCD showed a probability of cure in the disorder in almost half of the patients while the other half still undergo maintenance of treatment.


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