We don't know what to do about OCD symptoms

Hi. Our child has SPD and is 7. Lately we've been experiencing a lot of OCD issues with her. She says she feels a dribble of urine after using the bathroom (when she is dry) and we'll have to go through countless pairs of underwear before she feels like it's enough. She is also brushing her teeth for an hour at night, continually asking for more and more toothpaste. These are just a couple of examples. We're not sure if this is just control, a game or real. We keep going back and forth about it. Anyway, it's getting out of hand, and sometimes we can't get out of the house with all the rituals.


Has anyone experienced this behavior? We have her in OT and therapy every week, but we can't seem to figure this out.

Thanks for your help!

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Feb 01, 2010
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OCD
by: Anonymous

This is OCD. I have had it in my family. She needs a child psychiatrist. I can imagine how difficult it is both for you and for her! OCD is an anxiety disorder, and ritualizing is the way the anxiety is dealt with. The brain has a different way of processing emotion than the "normal" brain. Your OT isn't the professional to deal with this. Good luck!

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Sentirsi bagnata.
by: Nadia, Italy

Hello,you'll translate my comment because I don't know english well.
Ho una bambina di 9 anni e dall'età di 5 anni che ha questo problema di sentirsi bagnata dopo aver urinato, il suo fastidio è reale anche se non è bagnata,è una questione tattile. Lei lo attenua tenendo un rotoletto di carta igienica nelle mutandine.

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