Child With OCD? BC Study Provides Free Treatment

Updated: Mar 23

Does your child suffer from obsessive Compulsive Disorder? If so, your child may be eligible to receive intensive behavioral treatment for free as part of a new research study offered by the Provincial OCD Program at BC Children’s Hospital.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects approximately 1- 2% of youth. It is characterized by obsessions and compulsions.

Obsessions are persistent and distressing thoughts, urges, or images. Common obsessions include contamination concerns (e.g., germs, dirt, illnesses), unwanted thoughts (e.g., harm, sexual, sacrilege, superstition), and feelings of ‘incompleteness.’

Compulsions are behaviors or mental acts that are repeated again and again in a specific way to prevent/reduce distress or a feared event. Common compulsions include washing/cleaning, checking/reassurance, avoiding, and ordering/arranging.

Youth with OCD spend a lot of their time struggling with their symptoms. The symptoms cause problems for youth in many aspects of their and their families lives.

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