OCD

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that involves repetitive, intrusive, and impulsive thoughts and images entering the mind, causing intense anxiety. As a result of this anxiety, the child or young person engages in compulsive or repetitive behaviours designed to ease their anxiety. They then obsessively repeat these behaviours to rid themselves of the anxiety, causing detriment to their daily life.

Early signs of OCD can include excessive worrying and feeling a strong sense of responsibility over yourself and others. A child or young person will ask for constant reassurance about whether their homework is correct or whether they are doing something right or being a good student as they no longer trust their own judgement. As a teacher, these are early signs you can look out for which can inform how you approach the child going forward.

Stress at school and bullying are key factors which exacerbate the development of OCD – the more overwhelmed a child feels, the more they give into their compulsive, repetitive behaviours to ease their anxiety. As a teacher, it is your duty to make sure the classroom is a safe space for all, keeping an eye on students who seem to be particularly struggling but also checking up on all students as conditions such as OCD are often invisible and very hard to spot.

OCD is experienced by children of all backgrounds – it is therefore important to consider the implications of OCD based on the child’s cultural background. As a teacher, you must consider who the best person to contact is if you are noticing OCD tendencies in a student. It is important a child with OCD receives the right treatment at the right time.

To learn more, watch our informational films on OCD in children, how to recognise symptoms of OCD and tips for teachers with students with OCD.

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OCD in children: Tips For Teachers

This 4 minute film gives Tips for Teachers who may have concerns that a child in their class has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

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OCD in Children Information Film

A child with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is likely to experience both intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviours (compulsions). Although many children can experience some of these symptoms at some time in their lives, they are normally a sign of OCD when they start to interfere with normal daily activities. This film explains how to identify and help a child showing the symptoms of OCD.

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How to Recognise Symptoms of Compulsion/OCD

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How to Recognise Symptoms of Obsession/OCD

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OCD And Me: Real Life Child Mental Health Experiences

In this film Olivia gives an honest and detailed account of her personal experience of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) which she had since the age of eight but wasn’t diagnosed till she was 15.  It is an eye opener and should be watched by everyone who wants to understand what a person with OCD constantly goes through.

People may think that OCD is all about washing, checking, cleaning. These Repetitive Behaviours that we can see, are called Compulsions or Rituals. But what people cannot see are the Intrusive Thoughts which are called Obsessions. They are like a bully in the person’s head that keeps nagging that harm is going to come to them or to their loved ones if they do not complete the compulsions.

Nip in the Bud strongly believes that early intervention and support for children ensures far better outcomes.

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