Children with anxiety may have OCD-like actions.
Did you know that having OCD-like behaviors may be a sign of anxiety in children? These thoughts are not wanted and may be linked to fears such as touching dirty objects due to a preoccupation with dirt or germs. The child may also experience compulsive rituals such as washing their hands multiple times. While the child may not understand why they do these rituals, they feel compelled to do them. They may also feel embarrassed that the behaviors occur and can’t be controlled.
Washing your hands too often is not the only OCD action. There are multiple things a person can do that would be considered obsessive-compulsive. For example, OCD-like activities may also include compulsive behaviors such as hoarding objects or repeated doubts. Does your child display any of these actions? Although you might think it is good hygiene or just a quirky behavior, you might want to pay close attention. If you suspect your child has OCD or anxiety, you should make an appointment with the pediatrician.