Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children

This information is useful for children
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our Tic Disorder & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Program is dedicated to treating the whole child, including the family.
  • We are a leader in the treatment and research of OCD in children, with some of the most effective therapies developed here.
  • We have deep experience treating a wide array of patients, from children who are newly diagnosed to those who have already seen multiple specialists.

People often use the term OCD casually, to describe someone who is neat and likes to be organized, but that’s a vast understatement. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is the diagnosis given when children have intrusive, persistent thoughts and compulsions that interfere with their ability to function. Rooted in anxiety, OCD affects up to 3 percent of adults and children in the United States. It can arise at any age, preschool through adulthood, but is more likely to appear in the pre-adolescent years.

The Yale Medicine Child Study Center is a leader in research and treatment of OCD. Several of the newest and most effective therapies for children with OCD were developed at our Tic Disorder & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Program.

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