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Can Behavior Therapy Help My Child?

Posted by on Friday, October 16, 2009, 15:09
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Parents often ask about behavior therapy for their children with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). Although most of our clinic patients are adults, I have treated many children and adolescents over the years.

And while not much research has been done in the area of behavior therapy for children, I have seen many children and adolescents in our clinic who got control of their OCD symptoms with behavior therapy.

We have found three important conditions for success, the parents have to participate in a constructive and enthusiastic way. In some cases the parents seem to have more anxiety than the child they brought to us for treatment. The parents have to be willing to help their child carry out exposures and response prevention in a firm but calm and loving way.

Second, the child must really want to get better. Since the child will be involved in the treatment, he or she must understand the plan and be willing and positive about it. Finally, the child should have a good relationship with his or her parents. When these conditions have been meet, we have good success with behavior therapy for children and adolescents with OCD.

Overall, the success is about half of the children with OCD. Many improve 70 percent or more. Most of the children are already in medication by the time they are referred, and the combination of behavior therapy and medication seems to work well for many children.

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