All children worry. However, you may notice that your teen can’t stop worrying and their worries frequently cause them to do certain things repeatedly in order to get rid of the worry thoughts. These rituals or compulsions (such as frequent hand washing, checking, touching objects in a repetive fashion, focus on evenness, etc) stop the scary thoughts and help your teen to feel safe, clean or okay in some way.
Your attempts to help your teen may not be working or he/she may not know why they are engaging in these behaviors. You may be concerned that the symptoms are getting worse and may start (or continue) to affect their grades, friendships, and ability to function independently. We specialize in anxiety and in particular obsessive-compulsive disorder. After a brief consultation, we will be able to tell you if the difficulties your teen is exhibiting are something that will pass as a normal stage of development or if it something more serious that can cause further difficulties if not treated. Anxiety and OCD are genetically inherited much like eye or hair color. If anxiety or OCD runs in your family, this is even more reason to address it as early as possible. Our clinicians at McCaskill Family Services specialize in the most empirically effective treatment for OCD known as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Through our extensive training and experience using this treatment approach, your teen will learn strategies in a caring, supportive environment to effectively manage their symptoms of anxiety and you, as the parent, will know exactly what to do to help your child.