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OCD, A Bully in Your Brain

Medication is important, but so is a support network that offers thoughtful care. Watch this video from the Child Mind Institute.

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-All those talk about obsessions and compulsions can be very confusing for kids. So, in a way, they kind of get them more involved to the treatment, we kind of take away the language and we put it more into a context that they can understand. So, I often talk about OCD functioning like a bully inside their brain. If I come to you as a bully and I say, "Give me all your money or I'm going to push you down the stairs." If you're scared of me and you think that I'm capable of pushing you down the stairs, you're going to give me your money and that's going to make me happy and it's going to make me go away. But tomorrow, I'm going to come back for you because I know you're scared of me and I'm going to ask you for more. So, the more you give, the more I take. And, the more I take, the more I want. And, that's exactly how OCD works. When the OCD says wash your hands or line something up or seek reassurance about something. The more the child does that, it temporarily eases the anxiety but it creates the need for more behaviors later. So, it functions very similarly to a bully and that's exactly how we talk about and we talk about fighting a bully and that's great for bringing parents in and having the parents kind of talk about fighting the same bully. So, it's not that we're helping your-- your daughter or helping your son, it's that we're work-- we're all working together to fight this bully and to get rid of this bully.