The study, published online by the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, found many parallels between young children with OCD and their older peers with the anxiety disorder.Well this study, published by a group that would be well served by this kind of conclusion being drawn says this is true. You see they found "parallels". What does that mean exactly?
For example, both groups had similar obsessions and compulsions, multiple psychiatric diagnoses, and high rates of obsessive-compulsive disorder in their family history. However, the younger children were less likely to have depression than the older children.So those are the parallels? Similar obsessions and compulsions that could easily be learned from other family members, picked up matter of factly by younger children, via imitation?
Because as everyone knows kids really do live what they learn.
I find it interesting that somehow the writers of this study would find the fact that small children have unnatural fears, unusual. Given there lack of knowledge, inability to fully understand, or comprehend many situations, I don't think it would be unusual at all for kids to have unnatural fears. Oh and being afraid of losing a loved one is a common fear for small ones, it is because of the bonding process between a child and a parent.
In their study of 58 children with OCD, aged 4 to 8, a fifth had an immediate family member with a history of the disorder. Roughly a fifth of the children also were diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or (GAD).
Seventy-five percent of those studied reported having multiple obsessions, the most common being fear of contamination and catastrophic fears that involved death or harm to themselves or loved ones. Nearly all had multiplewith an average of four per child. Washing, checking and repeating were the most common.
Garcia noted the importance of the study, saying, "early diagnosis and intervention are critical to reducing the severity of symptoms and improving quality of life."
I just find this whole concept alot of baloney, that's my opinion, and of course drugs would be the accepted treatment.