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Pediatric Disorders of Regulation in Affect and Behavior, 2nd Edition by Georgia A. DeGangi

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Chapter 7

Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder: How to Build Flexibility and Budge Compulsive Thinking

Abstract

Obsessive–compulsive disorder is a serious illness that affects one’s ability to control thoughts and behaviors because of irrational fears. Obsessions are persistent, repetitive thoughts that can be meaningless or frightening to the child. The child worries that if he doesn’t engage in a particular ritual or repetitive behavior, something even worse will happen. They can be consumed with self-doubt that something harmful has happened or will happen to them.

Keywords

obsessive–compulsive disorder
irrational thoughts
obsessive rituals
exposure therapy
positive self-talk

1. What is obsessive–compulsive disorder?

Obsessive–compulsive disorder ...

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