Treating Pediatric OCD
If you have a patient presenting with the symptoms listed here with a more gradual onset or in the absence of any active infection:
Team up with an OCD specialist to help create a treatment plan.
- A licensed mental health professional will use effective and empirically validated therapies for OCD, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure and response prevention (ERP), to treat the OCD symptoms.
- Visit the IOCDF’s Resource Directory to find an OCD specialist in your area.
- Psychiatric medication such as serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) may be used where warranted due to symptom severity. Click here to read more about treating pediatric OCD with medication.
Acute-onset OCD (PANDAS/PANS) is not the typical presentation of pediatric OCD. If you have a patient presenting with the symptoms listed here with a sudden onset:
Test, treat, & team up
- Test for active infections, especially strep, within 3 weeks of onset.
- If clinically indicated, additionally test for mycoplasma, mononucleosis, Lyme disease, or H1N1.
- Treat any active infections thoroughly.
- Use antibiotics to treat active infections according to the standards of care for each infectious agent.
- Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) may be recommended for severe or persistent cases.
- Team up with an OCD specialist to help create a treatment plan.