OCD Specialist


Youth Home Providing Behavioral Health & Mental Health Treatment located in Cleveland, OH

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) often begins in adolescence, appearing as early as the age of nine and causing uncontrollable and distressing thoughts and behaviors that are too powerful to manage. The caring team at OCEC Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, offers intensive behavioral health services with holistic in-patient care that’s mindful of each person’s unique mental and physical needs. They practice a family-focused approach that bridges the gap to create ongoing support for children and teens with OCD. To learn more about the OCD program, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.


What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD is a psychological disorder in which you have recurring, uncontrollable thoughts called obsessions. Your obsessions then trigger behaviors that you feel compelled to perform. These behaviors are called compulsions.

Most people with OCD know their obsessions are irrational, yet they can’t stop the thoughts from intruding into their minds. Obsessions cause significant anxiety, which drives you to engage in compulsive behaviors in an attempt to relieve your distress.

When children and adolescents have OCD, the time they spend engaging in obsessions and compulsions interferes with school, social activities, and relationships.

What types of obsessions might OCD involve?

In children and adolescents, obsessive thoughts may change over time. By comparison, adults tend to stay focused on a specific obsessive theme.

There are many possible obsessions, but a few of the most common include:

  • Fear of germs
  • Fear of an illness
  • Fear of being harmed
  • Need to keep things in perfect order
  • Need to keep things symmetrical
  • Aggressive thoughts towards others or yourself

Children may also worry that harm will come to their parents.

What types of compulsions are common with OCD?

To cope with obsessions, your child might develop rituals or repetitive behaviors and activities. Performing the behavior may temporarily relieve their anxiety, but it doesn’t stop the ongoing thoughts that keep triggering rituals.

Compulsive behaviors often follow the theme of your obsessions. For example, your child may repeatedly wash their hands to remove germs or frequently rearrange or count items. Children and teens who worry about harm to their parents may need to check that windows and doors are locked.

How is OCD treated?

OCD treatment involves cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication. However, the way OCEC Foundation delivers those treatments makes a difference. 

There are no gaps in services when children and adolescents receive 24/7 care at OCEC Foundation. The help they need is continuously available and consistently provided. As a result, they have the ongoing support they need to learn to cope with their anxieties, obsessions, and compulsive actions.

The team at OCEC Foundation offers intensive individual and group therapy. They also work closely with parents and families, providing information and teaching them the tools they need to help their adolescent. 

Everyone receives holistic care that’s developmentally appropriate and includes nutritional support. OCEC Foundation is culturally sensitive, welcoming LGBTQ+ individuals who struggle with OCD, and ensuring that each person’s treatment plan is customized to meet their needs.

To learn more about the OCD services available at OCEC Foundation, call or schedule a consultation online.