What is OCD?
OCD is an anxiety disorder that consists of obsessions and compulsions.
Someone with OCD may experience unwanted repetitive thoughts. Often accompanied by high levels of anxiety, a sense of responsibility and guilt.
If you notice that your child is suffering with OCD, here are some coping strategies that might help.
Having a traffic light system enables your child to share a colour picture that represents an emotion without necessarily having to speak about how they're feeling.
The worry jar, enables the child to visually see the once the worry has been addressed. It doesn't need to be worry any longer.
A brave jar, allowing your child to focus on a positive thing they have achieved that day. This will help promote increased confidence and self-esteem.
Keeping a diary of what they were doing when they began feeling anxious, helps to identify what triggers these feelings. Also teaching them how to manage these situations in the future.
Using ice, having your child hold a couple of ice cubes in their hands, helps the mind focus on the sensation of coldness, rather than any distressing thoughts or feelings.
Grounding techniques are a coping strategy, which help you feel reconnected with reality.
The following can help young people to feel back in control of their emotions.
Tell yourself you're safe. And that these feelings will pass.
Acknowledge five things you can see.
Acknowledge four things you can touch.
Acknowledge three things you can hear.
Acknowledge two things you can smell.
If you don't have the right things around you to complete the steps just mentioned
and ask yourself questions such as where in the world is cold?