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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder In Children And Adolescents - Facts for Families

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) usually begins in adolescence or young adulthood and is seen in as many as 1 in 200 children and adolescents. OCD is characterized by recurrent intense obsessions and/or compulsions that cause severe discomfort and interfere with day-to-day functioning. Obsessions are recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are unwanted and cause marked anxiety or distress. The American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Facts for Families provide concise and up-to-date, family-friendly information about when to get help.

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  • Diagnosis
  • Mental Health
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