Students With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Clare S. Gaskins, Clare S. GaskinsNew York Presbyterian Hospital
- Melissa A. BitalvoMelissa A. BitalvoNew York Presbyterian Hospital
- and Michele R. CohenMichele R. CohenNew York Presbyterian Hospital
There is growing evidence that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is much more common in children and adolescents than originally believed. While some youth with mild to moderate OCD may be able to navigate their school day with minimal interference, for others the disorder can cause significant impairment in the ability to concentrate on school work, complete homework, and make and maintain peer relationships. School social workers and staff can play a pivotal role in shaping learning environments that support students with OCD. This article provides an overview of clinical characteristics of OCD, its assessment and treatment, how children with the disorder may present in the school setting, and ways in which school staff can assist students with OCD.