1. An extreme obsession with dirt or germs.
This could manifest in a child constantly needing to wash their hands, being fearful of germs, or obsessing over the cleanliness of their environment.
2. Repeated doubts, such as whether or not the door is locked.
This symptom can cause a great deal of anxiety and interfere with daily activities. OCD sufferers may repeatedly check locks, doors, or appliances to alleviate their fears.
3. Interfering thoughts about violence, hurting or killing someone, or harming oneself.
These thoughts can be extremely frightening and disturbing for both the child and caregivers. It is important to get help if this type of thinking is present.
4. Long periods of time spent touching things, counting, and thinking about numbers and sequences.
This symptom can be extremely frustrating for both the child and parents. OCD sufferers may spend an excessive amount of time doing things like counting objects, lining them up symmetrically, or repeating phrases or numbers in their heads.
5. Preoccupation with order, symmetry, or exactness.
OCD sufferers may have a strong need for everything to be perfect and organized. This can cause problems in school and social settings.
6. Ongoing thoughts about doing offensive sexual acts or forbidden, taboo behaviors.
These thoughts can be extremely upsetting and shameful for the child. They may avoid talking about them with parents or caregivers and feel embarrassed or guilty about them
7. Troubled by thoughts that are against personal religious beliefs.
These thoughts can be very confusing and distressing for a child who holds religious beliefs strongly. OCD can cause them to doubt their faith and question their beliefs
8. A great need to know or remember things that may be very minor.
OCD sufferers often have an excessive need for information and struggle to let go of any details they have learned. This can cause problems in school if they are unable to focus on lectures due to intrusive thoughts about the information they missed.
9. Too much attention to detail.
OCD sufferers can get stuck on minor details and have difficulty focusing on the bigger picture. This may interfere with their ability to complete tasks or projects in a timely fashion.
10. Too much worrying about something bad occurring.
This symptom can cause a great deal of anxiety and stress for both the child and caregivers. It is important to help the child to learn how to manage their worries in a healthy way so they do not become overwhelmed by them. OCD sufferers often benefit from cognitive-behavioral therapy and relaxation techniques.
11. Performing rituals to reduce anxiety.
This symptom can be extremely time-consuming and interfere with daily activities. OCD sufferers may find solace in repeating certain behaviors or words as a way of relieving their stress and anxiety.
12. Inability to control or resist urges that have no rational explanation.
OCD sufferers often experience unwanted thoughts or urge that are not based on logic or reason. This can lead to feelings of guilt and shame, as the child feels they should be able to resist these urges but cannot seem to do so.
13. Excessive hand washing, bathing and grooming.
This symptom is often linked to an obsession with cleanliness, germs, dirt, or other related issues. OCD sufferers may excessively wash their hands, bathe, or groom themselves as a way of trying to cope with their fear and anxiety. It is important to seek help if this behavior is interfering with daily activities.
14. A fear of contamination from germs, dirt, or other objects.
OCD sufferers may obsessively avoid touching certain objects or surfaces that they perceive as “dirty”. This can lead to isolation and difficulty participating in normal activities with friends, family, or peers. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is helpful in managing this symptom.
15. Avoidance of people or places due to irrational worries.
OCD sufferers may become overly anxious in certain situations or around certain people. This can lead to isolation and difficulty forming relationships with others. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is helpful in managing this symptom.