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The Pain of Hiding OCD

Many kids can suppress OCD symptoms at school, and then explode at home

Clinical Expert: Susan Swedo, MD

Susan Swedo, MD, chief of the Pediatrics and Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health, discusses how obsessive-compulsive disorder, also known as OCD can be so prevalent and seemingly invisible at the same time. The key is that kids with OCD can hide symptoms during the day, only to explode at home because of the tremendous effort.

This article was last reviewed or updated on February 10, 2023.