OCD and Bullying

Do I have OCD?



What is OCD personality disorder?

What is OCD? The official definition of OCD is that it is a mental disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), and behaviors that drive them to do something over and over (compulsions). Often the person carries out the behaviors to get rid of the obsessive thoughts.

Realistically, it is an incredibly disabling illness that some people are born with ( Like Myself ), and some people develop it at a young age. The causes of Obsessive-Compulsive disorder are many. They can include all of the following:

  •  Compulsions are learned behaviors, which become repetitive and habitual when they are associated with relief from anxiety.
  •  It can be due to genetic and hereditary factors.
  •  It can be chemical, structural, and functional abnormalities in the brain.

    More than one-quarter of the children with OCD who researchers studied reported chronic bullying as a problem, according to findings described in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Why do Kids With OCD get Bullied?

By comparison, they studied only 9 percent of kids in the two other groups.  These were healthy kids without medical or mental conditions. These were children with type 1 diabetes who reported serious problems with bullies. Nearly all children are bullied at least once. But chronic bullying equates to about one taunt per day. These ranged from kicking or hitting to name-calling or excluding children from activities in school.“The kids with OCD are really experiencing higher rates of peer problems than other kids,” Storch said. “We’re not saying one causes the other, but there is a positive relationship between (OCD and bullying).”

What is Severe OCD?

About one in 100 children struggle with OCD. An anxiety disorder that leads people to engage in rituals such as hand washing to drive away obsessive thoughts about germs or other worries. Rituals often become so involved that they interfere with a person’s ability to function, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

“Their day becomes filled with repeating behaviors,” Storch said. “For a lot of kids, peers don’t understand what is going on. They are isolated. They are ostracized because it doesn’t make sense why they are washing their hands. Or why they keep repeating questions.”

The effects of OCD and Bullying

The researchers also found links between bullying and other problems. Namely loneliness and depression in children with OCD. Kids were also apt to internalize bullies’ negative comments. Telling themselves, “No one will ever love me,” or “Maybe I am a loser,” Storch said.

     Having OCD, and conditions such as depression. It has been found to be linked to worsening obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Potentially explaining why researchers also found a link between bullying and more serious symptoms.

     “It could be that the peers are attacking because they are doing things that are so different.  “Or it might be that bullying is in some way contributing to OCD.

OCD False Feelings

Most people with False Memory OCD find their doubting obsessions can feel impossible to let go of. Their false memories can feel like real events. The more the person fixates on them, the more their brain may fill in these false memories with even more false information, further convincing themselves they are guilty of things they haven’t done.

 Is OCD a disability?

You may be able to qualify for Social Security disability benefits based on OCD if your condition is well documented and severely debilitating. OCD is evaluated by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as an anxiety-related disorder.

Learning theorists have suggested that compulsive behaviors are repeating questions, recounting, and rechecking information that can draw attention to kids in school. As can vocal or physical tics, common among children with OCD. said Phoebe Moore, Ph.D. Assistant clinical professor at Duke University.

     “That kind of behavior can draw fire,” Moore said. “I definitely see that clinically.”

   The Medical Help for these kids.

Treating OCD either with approved drugs or behavior modification techniques will help patients control their obsessions and compulsions. But he emphasizes that doctors need to examine the whole child and not just treat the symptoms.

     “When one focuses solely on the obsessions and compulsions, you experience a resolution of those problems. But problems like depression or anxiety and loneliness may still exist. If you address the OCD without addressing the peer problems, that depression and loneliness may not go away.”


How to handle someone with OCD.

Storch suggests parents help children learn how to handle aggressive peers. Either at home or by finding a counselor who can help them develop social skills. Parents should also take their concerns to their child’s school if teachers or administrators are not stopping the bullying before it becomes a problem.

“Bullyingis one of the largest challenges kids, with OCD and in general, have to face.” One of the main clinical implications is considering the child as an entire person. Who has OCD but  also with other impairments.”

Materials provided by the University of Florida