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Although the

world is full of
suffering, it is
also full of the
overcoming of
it.
Helen Keller


By: Amanda Coots

Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder

Online Resources

www.ocdonline.com
www.ocfoundation.org
www.mentalhealth.com
www.hopkinsmedicine.org/ocd
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinfo
rmation/ocdmenu.cfm
http://understanding_ocd.tripod.com
www.insightpros.com/ocd
http://journals.sped.org/ec/archive_
articles/VOL.37NO.2NovDec2004_T
EC_Adams37-2.pdf
http://psychcentral.com/library/ocd
_child.htm
http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/c
ontent/full/39/23/32
http://www.aboutourkids.org/about
our/articles/about_ocd.html
www.kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/emo
tion/ocd.html
www.thesamscenter.com
www.ocdaction.org.uk


Teaching students
who are O.C.D.

TEACHERS/ Help at School:
Extend time for tests & papers
Offer lap tops for writing
Use a buddy System approach
Private testing rooms
Skip reading aloud
Books on tapes
Break homework into chunks
Plan an escape route when
overwhelming feelings occur
Be aware of trigger events
PARENTS/ Help at Home:
Learn about OCD
Create a support system
between family, school and
friends
Create a safe environment
Allow a break to defuse
anxiety
Watch for side effects of
medication
Be positive and reward even
small successes
Create ways to reduce stress
Create goals with students;
point out their known strengths

BEHAVIORS:
Excessive double-checking of things,
such as locks, appliances, and
switches.
Repeatedly checking in on loved ones
to make sure theyre safe.
Counting, tapping, repeating certain
words, or doing other senseless things
to reduce anxiety.
Spending a lot of time washing or
cleaning.
Ordering or arranging things just so.
Praying excessively or engaging in
rituals triggered by religious fear.
Accumulating junk such as old
newspapers or empty food containers.
OBSESSIVE THOUGHTS:
Fear of being contaminated by germs
or dirt or contaminating others.
Fear of causing harm to yourself or
others.
Intrusive sexually explicit or violent
thoughts and images.
Excessive focus on religious or moral
ideas.
Fear of losing or not having things
you might need.
Order and symmetry: the idea that
everything must line up just right.
Superstitions; luck or unlucky.


Programs & Services
Reinforcement Options

Recommended
Strategies

Characteristics
Warning Signs

Second Nature Blue Ridge
Licensed treatment program using
wilderness setting
Located near Cleveland, TN
(866) 265-1914

Peninsula Village
Outdoor oriented residential treatment
center
Located near Knoxville, TN
(866) 460-5676

Cumberland Heights
Adolescent treatment program
encompasses the physical, mental,
emotional, and spiritual dimensions.
Located near Nashville, TN
(615) 654-6648

Ridge Creek School
Adolescent/teenager focus that
provides one teacher per ten students
ratio to ensure individual attention.
Near Dahlonege, GA
(706) 403-4254

Individual Therapist
Find a therapist that fits your childs
need to work one-on-one with in and
office or home setting for short
meeting periods, over a long period of
time.
www.psychologytoday.com




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