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Πέτρος Σκαπινάκης, MD,MPH,PhD

20.1.12

How does OCD affect my child at school?

From: OCD Action UK

OCD can affect many areas of a young person’s life, including school life.

It is important to remember that OCD affects people in many ways,
below are some possible ways it may present in school:

Poor attention and concentration due to intrusive thoughts or the need
to perform rituals
Extreme tiredness due to being up late at night doing rituals or the
overall exhaustion caused by the constant battle with OCD
Frequent or prolonged toilet visits due to completing cleaning rituals
An inability to touch objects, materials or other people due to
possible contamination fears
Excessive questioning and need for reassurance
Messy work due to having to repeat rituals such as rewriting or erasing words
Repeated lateness as a result of being delayed by rituals
Late handing in work due to being slowed down by obsessions and/or compulsions
Arranging items on a desk, shelf or classroom so that objects are aligned
Repetitive behaviours such as getting up and down from a desk or
opening and closing the door
Difficulties making decisions
Low self esteem and difficulty with peer relationships
Reduction in grades or decline in school performance
It may also be helpful to be aware that OCD is commonly associated
with other disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD),
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum
Disorders (ASDs) and Tourette Syndrome.

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