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What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disorder in which people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions). The repetitive behaviors, such as hand washing, checking on things or cleaning, can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities and social interactions. Many people...
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What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition involving persistent challenges with social communication, restricted interests, and repetitive behavior. While autism is considered a lifelong disorder, the degree of impairment in functioning because of these challenges varies between individuals with autism. Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders Early signs of this...
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What is Autism When people refer to “Autism,” they are usually talking about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a brain-based disorder that is characterized by social-communication challenges and restricted and repetitive behaviors, activities and interests. Autism is about four times more likely to affect boys than girls, and is found in all racial, ethnic, and social...
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What Are Anxiety Disorders? Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention. Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness and involve excessive fear or anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental...
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Understanding developmental coordination disorder (DCD)  Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a lifelong condition that makes it hard to learn motor skills and coordination. It’s not a learning disorder, but it can impact learning. Kids with DCD struggle with physical tasks and activities they need to do both in and out of school. Learning how to support...
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Overview Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic, and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over. Signs and Symptoms People with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both. These symptoms can interfere...
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What Is Attention Deficit Disorder? Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a term used for people who have excessive difficulties with concentration without the presence of other ADHD symptoms such as excessive impulsiveness or hyperactivity.  The official term from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV is “ADHD of the predominantly inattentive type.”  However, in practice ADD...
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Understanding Oppositional Defiant Disorder What is oppositional defiant disorder? Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a childhood mental health condition involving disruptive behavior. Nearly every child will have occasional outbursts of frustration and disobedience, of course. ODD doesn’t refer to developmentally appropriate temper tantrums or willful behavior. Instead, ODD involves: a long standing pattern of defiant and argumentative...
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What is Dyspraxia/DCD? Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), commonly known as Dyspraxia, is a complex neurological condition affecting fine and/or gross motor skills, motor planning and coordination in children and adults It’s not related to intelligence, but it can sometimes affect cognitive skills.  Child and Adult Dyspraxia/DCD Child and Adult Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), also known...
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COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS BEYOND BEHAVIOR Therapies based on the science of behavior have been effective for people of all ages, and are an essential item in any mental health professional’s toolkit. They only go so far, however. Human beings are “meaning makers.” That is, their behavior is not just the result...
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