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July 17, 2015

Girls With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Here’s How We Can Help Girls with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Does your daughter experience an endless cycle of undesirable thoughts (obsessions), which she tries to neutralize by engaging in compulsive actions? Even though she knows that the thoughts or behaviors are disproportionate, and that she will get only fleeting reprieve by performing the compulsive behaviors?  We can help your teen as he deals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (or OCD), an anxiety disorder distinguished by unsolicited and continual ideas, feelings and thoughts.

icon-sampleDoes she worry about making mistakes or being embarrassed? ?  Is she insistent about precision or symmetry, have urges to harm someone?  Or fear disease, germs or dirt?  She might show her compulsions by way of ritualistic behaviors, such as repeatedly saying one word or phrase, or the same numerical sequence.   Duplicating everyday activities (like entering/leaving a room, open/closing a drawer, washing his hands), consuming her meals in a predictable, precise pattern, or hoarding items (especially ones with little or no real value) all might be indicative of OCD.

*Note: An OCD sufferer has unwanted thoughts and knows that they are pointless, while an OCPD sufferer believes his thinking to be natural and appropriate. OCD should therefore not be confused with OCPD, or Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

Minnesota Girls Academy Treats Girls Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Cognitive behavior therapy is most efficient, often in conjunction with medication, in helping an OCD sufferer deal with his fears and anxieties in healthy ways.  Anti-depressants (particularly ones that interact with the brain’s serotonin production) can useful in diminishing symptoms of OCD.

If not treated, your child might suffer other problems (although not all of them will be directly brought on by OCD): depression, eating or anxiety disorders, substance abuse, a general, poor quality of life, suicidal thoughts (or behavior).

Your daughter will be presented with new challenges until ultimately she is ready to return home, able to once again enjoy family and friends. If you’ve reached your wits’ end with your out-of-control girl, call us at (888) 683-7007. Minnesota Girls Academy may be exactly what you need to succeed as a parent when your girl’s condition causes unacceptable behavior and family disruption. You’ll see her recover her lost academic standing, raise her vision to see the greater possibilities in life and reach new and loftier goals.