OCD Basics

OCD in School

Varieties of OCD

Children with OCD may be obsessed with a variety of sometimes surprising things.

PANS, PANDAS, and Acute-Onset OCD

PANS and PANDAS are severe forms of OCD that appear suddenly in young children, accompanied by other confusing and distressing symptoms.

Treatment for OCD

Behavioral treatment called exposure and response prevention (ERP) is the most effective treatment for OCD, sometimes in combination with medication.

Hoarding

Kids who hoard save things most people find worthless and get very emotionally attached to their possessions.

Trichotillomania (Hair-Pulling)

Children with trichotillomania pull out hair from their scalp or other parts of their body, sometimes unconsciously.

Excoriation (Skin-Picking)

Skin-picking is common, but it can become a disorder when a child (usually a teenager) can’t stop.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Kids who are extremely worried about a very minor or completely imagined flaw in their appearance may have body dysmorphic disorder.