OCD Clinic @ Kidspace

OCD Clinic @ Kidspace

The OCD Clinic @ Kidspace provides evidence-based, effective treatment for children and young people affected by the debilitating symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other related obsessive concerns. The multidisciplinary team at Kidspace facilitates access to both Child and Adolescent Psychologists and Psychiatrists, ensuring accurate diagnosis and a comprehensive range of treatment options. Treatments involve Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with a strong emphasis on Exposure/Ritual Prevention. Session lengths can be adjusted to accommodate the specific needs of the individual.

 

OCD usually presents with two components. The first one is the experience of intrusive, recurrent thoughts, images or urges. These are unwanted, distressing and difficult to stop. The second component of OCD is the compulsions or repetitive behaviours that are performed in response to obsessions. These could be obvious things like rituals like washing and cleaning, ordering or checking. Alternatively, rituals can go unnoticed because they are completed mentally, such as counting or repeating magic words. Usually people engage in the compulsion in order to reduce anxiety or to prevent bad things from happening. To be diagnosed with OCD, it must be of a severity level that is causing significant distress and interference in a person’s life. It often negatively impacts their family too. For many children and adolescents, a diagnosis with OCD brings incredible relief, as they can now put words to their experience. They know they are not alone, not “weird” and have hope that treatment can help. Research indicates that for many people it will take many years and visits to multiple clinicians to obtain a correct diagnosis, meaning they suffer needlessly without appropriate treatment. 

 

When working with OCD, it’s important to understand that no two people will experience the same symptom profile. OCD is as unique as your fingerprint. An experienced clinician will be able to sift what may seem to parents to be confusing and frustrating patterns of thinking and behaviour to pin-point where the issues lie and to develop an effective, tailor-made treatment regime to address your child’s key concerns. 

 

Wondering if your child is suffering from OCD? Here are some signs to watch out for: 

  • Can’t keep up with the household routine: the person spends large blocks of unexplained time alone (in the bathroom, getting dressed, doing homework, etc.). 

  • Doing things over and over (repetitive behaviours). 

  • Very slow completing chores, homework or classwork. Redoing work.

  • Undue concern for minor things, order or symmetry.

  • Need for excessive reassurance. 

  • Extreme emotional reactions to seemingly small things. 

  • Difficulty sleeping.

  • Complaints of silly or distressing thoughts or images that they can’t get out of their head.

  • Avoidance of triggering situations such as public toilets.

  • Increased irritability and indecisiveness. 

 

OCD Clinic @ Kidspace offers:

  • Initial comprehensive assessment of OCD symptoms and possible co-morbid disorders

  • Individualised treatment program development

  • Provision of psychoeducation for parents and child

  • Support to implement the program in the home and school environment

  • Ongoing treatment and regular monitoring of progress

  • Relapse prevention and booster sessions as required.