Problems We Treat

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by recurrent and unpleasant thoughts or impulses (obsessions) and resulting recurrent and unpleasant behaviors (compulsions) to alleviate the discomfort caused by the obsession.  A child with OCD finds it difficult to control these thoughts and behaviors, no matter how senseless they may seem, and may have to spend a large amount of time engaging in obsessions and compulsions throughout the day.  OCD may interfere in a child’s schedule and cause her significant distress.  Examples of common obsessions include: fear of becoming fatally ill, fear that a loved one might be harmed, fear of germs or contamination (fear of saliva, blood, sweat, vomit etc), or intrusive aggressive thoughts.  Some common compulsions (or repetitive behaviors) include: hand washing, checking (for instance to see if the door is locked), counting, or rearranging objects. In addition to OCD, CAMAT clinicians are experienced in treating early onset presentations of Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Hoarding Disorder, conditions similar to OCD.

Trichotillomania, Excoriation Disorder, and other Body Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorders

Trichotillomania and Excoriation (Skin-Picking) Disorder are examples of Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorders characterized by recurrent engagement in these behaviors despite repeated attempts to stop or decrease the behavior. Individuals with these disorders may experience hair loss, skin lesions, or other physical consequences from the behavior. Children with these disorders experience distress, and may be embarrassed about the behavior or the consequences of the behavior (i.e. hair loss). They may also spend a great deal of time engaging in these behaviors, which can interfere with their daily life. Body focused repetitive behaviors can be preceded by various emotional states, such as anxiety or boredom. Children may find that engaging in these behaviors relieves tension or is pleasurable. Others may be less aware of their engagement in these behaviors. Rituals and rationale surrounding the engagement in these behaviors can vary widely from one child to another.