Preventing and Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children and Youth

November 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.




Short Report (245 KB)

Full Report (233 KB)