I'm not a doctor or a therapist, but I do know what's worked for our daughter. OCD in young children is much more widespread than we ever expected, but I have done everything I can to learn how to beat OCD. As someone who suffers from it myself, I knew that I wanted Anna to learn how to deal with it as quickly as possible. Her symptoms were a lot different from mine, and they scared me. I knew that if we didn't deal with the uncontrollable counting now, that eventually it may consume her life. That's why I made an appointment with a therapist, but I didn't stop there. I also decided to try to find ways to help Anna while we were at home as well.
I highly recommend finding a physiologist or therapist that works with children. Working with children and adults are two very different specialties and understanding how a child thinks can make a big difference when it comes to working out OCD issues.
You also need to do plenty of research and consider joining a support group for other moms. No one can understand what you're going through unless they are going through it as well. Meeting new friends who can understand your fear and concern can be very comforting when you have a child who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
After you have a great doctor and a good group of friends, try to find programs, books, and materials that can help you deal with these issues at home. Going to therapy is great, but if you don't know what to do at home, you may still find yourself feeling very lost. Ask your doctor for recommendations on workbooks. If they are using a particular program, it's probably a good idea to invest in that as well.
Anna tried a program recently called GoZen. She enjoyed watching the videos, and they even sent her a little doll, which she carries with her everywhere. I liked watching the videos with her because they helped me understand what she's going through. While I know what goes on in my head, I don't quite understand what thoughts she has running through hers. Watching the lessons together helped me ask questions that I wouldn't have thought to ask before.
As I mentioned, Anna also got this cute little Alien doll, Widdle The Worrier. Anna loves this doll and carries him everywhere. He has a few different phrases that he says, and he even asks her how to help him stop worrying. That is my favorite question because asking a child to help another with the same problem they have can be an excellent exercise to remind them of the questions they need to answer for themselves. Anna will walk Widdle through the steps she learned in the videos and helped him stop worrying about what others may think of his shirt!
Overall, I have been very impressed with the program. My older daughter Lexi, watched the videos with her and together they talked about worry and anxiety as well.
I plan to share other tools we use in the future, but I hope you will take a second to check out the GoZen program for your child.
What You Need To Know:
The GoZen online home study program is $97.00
GoZen also has workbooks, CD's, and more here.
~ My family received a subscription to GoZen free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.