Preventing and Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children and YouthNovember 11, 2005
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disruptive and persistent mental disorder affecting as many as 2,000 children in BC. This report outlines the best currently available research evidence on treating childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy, including exposure/response-prevention techniques, is an effective first-line intervention for treating children with mild to moderate OCD symptoms. For severe childhood OCD, medications combined with psychological treatment can be effective.