Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Resource Center

Last updated February 2018

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is seen in as many as 1-3% of children and adolescents. OCD is characterized by recurrent intense obsessions and/or compulsions that cause severe distress and interfere with day-to-day functioning.

 Obsessions are repetitive and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are unwanted and cause marked anxiety or distress. Frequently, they are unrealistic or irrational. They are not simply excessive worries about real-life problems or

 preoccupations. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or rituals (like hand washing, keeping things in order, checking something over and over) or mental acts (like counting or repeating words silently). 

In OCD, the obsessions or compulsions cause significant anxiety or distress, or they interfere with the child's normal routine, academic functioning, social activities, or relationships.

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Introducing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
A short cartoon video explaining OCD for older kids, teens, and their families from the perspective of a young girl with OCD


Ask the Expert: CBT for OCD
A 1-minute explanation of treatments for OCD for patients and their families, by Columbia University Medical Center OCD expert, Dr. Blair Simpson


Treatment for Children with OCD
A 3-minute summary of one teenager’s experience with OCD and the treatment he received


OCD Strategies with Dr. Rynn of Columbia University on the Conquer Worry Radio Show, Oct. 19, 2014
A 45-minute audio recording for the public on the basics of anxiety and OCD in children and adolescents


Keynote for the FIU Center for Children and Families
A 75-minute presentation by John Piacentini, PhD, on the basics of OCD for professionals and families who want to have a more advanced understanding of the disorder


Dr. Eli Lebowitz of the Yale Child Study Center explains how to create effective exposures for professionals who treat OCD in a 15-minute video


Dr. Michael Jeneke provides brief explanation of PANS/PANDAS for physicians


A 20-minute video briefly describing PANS/PANDAS for professionals

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Research and Training

Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry:
April 2015 - Volume 54 - Issue 4 - pp 251-262
Assessment and Management of Treatment-Refractory Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children
http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(16)31160-1/pdf

Obsessive-compulsive and tic-related disorders.
Martin E Franklin et al., Child And Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics, 2012
http://www.childpsych.theclinics.com/article/S1056-4993(11)00015-0/abstract

March JS (1995), Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for children and adolescents with OCD: a review and recommendations for treatment. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 34:7-18
http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(09)63847-8/abstract

Tic-Related Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Phenomenology and Treatment Outcome in the Pediatric OCD Treatment Study II
http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(14)00691-1/abstract

Telephone Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adolescents With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Non-inferiority Trial
http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(14)00664-9/fulltext

Case Study: A New Infection-Triggered, Autoimmune Subtype of Pediatric OCD and Tourette's Syndrome
http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(09)63789-8/abstract

Early Childhood OCD: Preliminary Findings From a Family-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Approach
http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(09)62426-6/abstract

Therapist-Guided, Internet-Delivered Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adolescents With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial
http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(16)31857-3/abstract

Cognitive-behavior therapy, sertraline, and their combination for children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder: the Pediatric OCD Treatment Study (POTS) randomized controlled trial.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15507582

IACAPAP Online Textbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health: OCD chapter
http://iacapap.org/wp-content/uploads/F.3-OCD-072012.pdf

Clinical Management of Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome

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