Anxiety Basics


Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Children with OCD have intrusive thoughts and worries that make them extremely anxious, and they develop rituals they feel compelled to perform to keep those anxieties at bay. OCD can be diagnosed when a child has obsessions, compulsions or both.

  • Obsessions are unwanted and intrusive thoughts, images or impulses. Obsessions make kids feel upset and anxious.
  • Compulsions are actions or rituals kids are driven to perform to get rid of their anxiety.