Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Emmet gets very upset at how everyone is eating lunch.  There is a proper order to eating lunch, and Emmet wants everyone to follow that order. Gulliver explains that his friend has OCD and how they can help support him.

OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is when worries or thoughts become obsessive 

People with OCD perform rituals or repetitive behavior in order to decrease their anxiety 

The ritual or helps temporarily, and then reinforces the obsession- increasing the anxiety

Accommodating symptoms strengthens the disorder, not the child

Be patient- it’s not their fault

Find support groups, work with your child’s school and seek medical assistant to help your child learn to cope. Parents and families are not alone. Seeking help for your child is a good thing.