Research and studies have explained that among the behavioral disorders that can be diagnosed among teenagers, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is one of the commonly identified on teenagers and adolescents. OCD is characterized by severe symptoms of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are recurring thoughts. These thoughts pop out of the patient’s mind against his or her will. On the other hand, compulsions are recurring actions an individual cannot resist, where in fact, he or she can actually resist, if he or she wants.
In cases where teenagers are identified to have OCD, parents usually find it hard to impose rules on them and guide them accordingly. Adverse effects may happen when parents cannot properly guide their teens with OCD and make them follow rules. It is important that parents and teens establish a good relationship with each other. Because of their obsessive and compulsive disorder, patients usually go out with friends and do certain activities that are not appropriate with their age and which are also caused by their obsessions and compulsions. Teenagers with OCD are usually tempted to go with their peers. They feel that they are away from their obsessions and compulsions for the mean time if they are going out and having good times with their friends.
Teenagers usually go beyond their curfews and disobey house rules. They decide to engage themselves in driving a car even without a driver’s license. These occasions can result into being reprimanded and worse to being imprisoned because of any untoward incidents. Parents also become alarmed with these situations. Because of this, they try to impose strict rules, most especially early curfews, on their teens with the OCD disorder.
Teenagers with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder must not be given strict rules that will deprive them from enjoying their teenage life or otherwise they will resort to rebelling against the house rules. Also, teens must be carefully and consistently monitored. Obsessions and compulsions may affect the performance of teens in school, as well as their relationships with their classmates and friends. In this case, teenagers identified with the disorder cannot give their full focus on their studies if they do not know how to cope with their obsessions and compulsions and if they are not properly guided. There are also cases that teenagers do not respond properly on their therapies and medications taken.
In occurrence of these cases, it is very important that both parents and patients coordinate with their health specialists. It is also better, to give considerations on the recommendations of the attending physicians or psychologists.