Parents may fail to recognize that their teenager actually has an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and not just an exaggerated way of doing things. But OCD can be treated and our Teen Treatment Center in Los Angeles can methodically help them defy this condition in their teenage years.
OCD has no over-the-counter instrument that will tell a parent that their teenager has this condition; unlike when your child feels warm a thermometer can tell you that they have a fever. Only a specialized professional can diagnose the type and degree of the disorder that your teenager has.
Through therapy, we will also help families care for their teenager with OCD. Here’s how:
- Help Parents Identify OCD Characteristics
Children and teenagers with OCD often have specific behaviors that tell signs of the condition. Obsessions are thoughts, fears, or doubts that your teenager cannot easily brush off, while Compulsions are actions or habits that are repeated over and over to calm their anxiety. Both are often interrelated like when the teenager fears getting in contact with anything dirty because of the bacteria, they will often wash their hands to relieve them of their anxiety. Helping parents identify persistent behavior can help them better understand their teen’s condition.
- Educate Families How To Approach OCD
Armed with the basic diagnosis of teenage OCD, families can receive tools of awareness through our teen anxiety treatment in Los Angeles, California. We will guide them with ways on how they can better approach and care for their teen with OCD because, without any information about this condition, families may never understand how their teen sees the world. Most all, families also need to realize how powerful their support is when they consistently do these:
- Recognize and understand their condition
- Engage in healthy conversations with them
- Know how to respond to their obsessive and compulsive behaviors
By understanding and supporting your teen, you are creating a safe home environment for them.
- OCD Can Be Treated
The diagnosis of our mental health professional will be the basis of therapy and medication since OCD can be treated. But depending on the severity, therapy alone may not be enough to redirect the condition. Medication may be needed to aid the treatment, along with their family’s support.
Teenage life can be challenging and OCD can be one of those challenges. Help your teenager get through OCD so they can live their life to the fullest.
If you are interested in our OCD treatment program, you may call Teen Anxiety at 888-248-1278 to know more about teen treatment options.