OCD?

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Registered: 06-07-2006
OCD?
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Tue, 08-10-2010 - 7:08pm

My 8 yo dd has been driving us crazy for a few months with constantly "picking up" around the house. She won't stop no matter how much she gets in trouble. If anything at all is on the counter she puts it out of sight somewhere. If clothes are hanging to dry near the laundry room she moves them to another room out of sight. If my purse is hanging on a doorknob in the living room she moves it out of sight. My camera charger was plugged in and she moved that. She says she doesn't want the house to look messy if someone comes over, but this has gotten out of hand and she won't stop! I think it is somehow related to some trouble she started having in school with math (which she now goes to tutoring for). A little more background-she had a lot of anxiety towards the end of preschool and in kindergarten, improved a ton in first grade, then for second grade (this past year) we moved across the country and to a more challenging school. She did well except in math. She has an anxious personality in general...as do I (I've been on zoloft for many years with keeps my symptoms under control)...

I keep coming very close to taking her to a counselor, but I don't know if I should or not. Any advice? thanks!

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Registered: 07-13-2007
In reply to: lovemydaughters
Wed, 08-11-2010 - 12:49pm

Yes, it does sound a lot like obsessive compulsive symptoms, but (in my opinion) now-a-days, the first thing we do, is get the kids physically checked out. I think counselling can help immensely deal with these symptoms, but it cannot make underlyimng causes go away. Most psychiatrists treat psychiatrically, assuming medical issues have been ruled out. They themselves do not rule them out (at least, most do not, in my experience).

OCD type symptoms can occur as a reaction to streptococcal bacteria. You may want to look up PANDAS. My younger daughter was diagnosed with OCD, but if anything, Zoloft exacerbated those symptoms. I can relate to picking things up - she organized and tidied up quite a bit, but it really was to the benefit of the household, but there were some other things that were detrimental to her and the family.

Stress can really exacerbate symptoms. I think the Zoloft to her was maybe more stress to her body???? I don't know. So many things in life is "stress" - there is no life without it, but something goes awry with their body/brain's ability to adapt to it.

My daughter said doing the OCD behaviors felt soothing to her - like they themselves were therapeutic to her. But from our perspective when they got out of control was that they were quite damaging.

CBT may help a lot, but I would still get her checked, physically as well.