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Signs of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Learn what the signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder are by reading this page.

You might not know if you child has obsessions. But you will probably notice if your child has compulsions. Keep note of things your child does if they worry you.

Some examples of obsessions

  • Being scared of germs.
  • Being scared of getting hurt or sick.
  • Being scared of hurting someone you care about, like family or friends. Even if you know you would never hurt them on purpose.
  • Focusing over and over on a goal, or buying something.
  • Not being able to put off something at all.
  • Insisting on getting their way.
  • Trying very very hard to be perfect.

Some examples of compulsions

  • Washing your hands over and over.
  • Checking to make sure the door is locked over and over.
  • Keeping little things that you don't need. Like scraps of paper or pieces of food.
  • Cleaning things that are already clean.
  • Keeping up an argument past the point where people usually give up.

Deaf children may have different obsessions than hearing children
Deaf children and adolescents can also have obsessions and compulsions, but often, the topics are different. For example, many deaf children are obsessed with schedules. This makes sense, because so much happens around them without warning.

At first, being obsessed with schedules makes them less nervous about things happening without warning. Unfortunately, this can continue until it gets totally out of control. Your child may need to check with you about the day's schedule 40 to 50 times a day.

Deaf children may have different compulsions than hearing children
For some deaf children, the compulsion is the need to sign the same phrase over and over again. This also makes sense, since they first learn language with so much effort and repetition. Or many deaf children will ask the same question over and over again. Giving the child an answer does not always help. The child might keep asking.

Make notes of what your child is doing
If your child has some of these signs, write some notes to yourself about what your child is doing and how often this is a problem. Then, take her to the doctor, and bring your notes! Explain carefully what is going on, as the doctor may be distracted by the deafness. .Ask the doctor and the counselors at your child's school to tell you who can help. With the right help, your child can succeed. The doctor will probably give you the name of a psychologist or a psychiatrist. These are people that know a lot about problems of the mind, like obsessive-compulsive disorder. Hopefully, the person you see will also know about deaf children.

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