Teen Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder, characterized by teens having consistent anxious thoughts that are directly linked to compulsive behaviors. The obsessive thoughts arise from underlying anxiety and serve as triggers to the behaviors, so that the teens are relentlessly caught in this cause and effect cycle.
Teens with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder experience suffer from consistent, if not constant, anxious thoughts which often are disruptive to their ability to function and interact normally. As a way of dealing with these anxious thoughts, the teens perform repetitive compulsive behaviors, which they often believe will somehow dispel or reverse the anxious thoughts. Very often the behaviors teens might perform have no logical connection to the anxiety; however, the teens compulsively feel they must perform them anyway. Some of the common compulsive behaviors teens with OCD might perform include things like counting, touching, and/or repetitive behaviors or behaviors in a certain pattern.
Over time, teens can become so severely caught in this cycle of anxious thoughts and compulsive behaviors that they’re no longer able to function successfully in their relationships or responsibilities. One of the vulnerabilities of this disease is that teens have no control over the behaviors that they’re performing; therefore, some behaviors might be offensive, intrusive, immoral, and/or inappropriate, which can lead to tension and difficulty in multiple areas of the teens’ lives.
The most important thing to recognize about Teen Compulsive Obsessive Disorder is that the specific anxious thoughts and the compulsive behaviors arise from underlying anxiety and stressors. Therefore, while it’s important to help teens address and gain relief from the stressful cycles they get caught inside, it’s paramount that therapists work with teens, to address the underlying stressors and emotional underpinnings present.
To both of these ends, Teen Compulsive Obsessive Disorder treatment may include a combination of talk therapy, medication, and other progressive treatment approaches. In talk therapy groups and individual sessions, teens can uncover specific causes and origins for their anxiety, which is crucial in their recovery and especially, in their long-term wellness. For some teens, medication can be extremely helpful to provide some relief from the anxiety, which will reduce the teens’ stress and sometimes, lessen the degree of compulsivity of the behaviors. And often, treatment may include different techniques and resources to help train teens to relax and reduce stress, such as meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, exercise, and others.
Paradigm New York:
Paradigm New York is a residential teen treatment facility, located just outside of New York City. At Paradigm New York, we provide treatment for a wide range of anxiety disorders, including Teen Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Paradigm New York is located in a beautiful, house-like setting, where teens stay from between 4-6 weeks, and our treatment programs are regarded as the very best in the country. We provide treatment to teens from New York as well as all over the United States and abroad.