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ERIC Number: EJ875845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8405
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in School-Age Children
Helbing, Mary-Lee C.; Ficca, Michelle
Journal of School Nursing, v25 n1 p15-26 2009
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by disturbing thoughts, impulses, or images (obsessions); repetitive or ritualistic behaviors (compulsions); or the presence of both. Although some may believe this disorder is isolated to the adult population, it affects anywhere from 1% to 4% of children in the United States. However, symptom presentation of this psychiatric condition may be different in the pediatric population. School-age children who are affected by the condition or their parents may attempt to hide these behaviors due to embarrassment or fear of peer victimization. If left untreated, OCD can interfere with the ability to play, socialize, attend school, and function as a part of a family, ultimately affecting success not only in school but in life. It is imperative school nurses are aware of this condition, its symptoms, and treatments and techniques to help students with OCD cope effectively. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Support Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States