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OCD & Anxiety Look Alike in Kids; Here's How to Distinguish Them

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Could cognitive ability, aka brain-based skills, help differentiate obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) from generalized anxiety in children? I’m Kyle Kittleson. This is your MedCircle Weekly News.

New research shows that cognitive ability, or “our ability to use brain-based skills to carry out tasks”, may help differentiate OCD from generalized anxiety in children.

This is so important because the two disorders manifest in children in very similar ways - they share characteristics like rumination, the inability to tolerate uncertainty, and high levels of alertness.

The study, which looked at kids with OCD, kids with generalized anxiety, AND a control group of neurotypical children, showed the following results:

  1. Kids with OCD needed more “turns” to complete multi-step problems.
  2. Kids with anxiety took longer to identify visual patterns.
  3. Kids with anxiety had more trouble with mental flexibility in addition to visual processing.
  4. Kids with OCD showed lower levels of planning abilities.

This research is important in correctly diagnosing different anxiety disorders in children. And for more education on the topic, check out our original series on each disorder with Dr. Ramani and Dr. Jenny Yip.

I’m Kyle Kittleson, and remember - whatever you’re going through - you got this!

Source: Psychiatry Advisor


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