When you hear the acronym OCD, what do you think of? Someone who needs to put their silverware in order each time? Someone who must wash their hands 20 to 30 times per day? Or perhaps someone that needs to say someone’s name 10 times before actually being able to talk to them?
Yes, those are all potential characteristics of someone who is diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, but it doesn’t stop or even start there. For many people – especially children and teenagers – having OCD means having additional co-morbid neurological disorders, such as Tourette Syndrome, anxiety, depression, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome and even autism.
To better understand what children and teenagers with OCD and their parents are going through and how their co-morbid disorders fit into the picture, I’m going to provide a couple of examples that have come through the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) in the past year.
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