The only thing worse than seeing someone else struggle with the pain of OCD, is seeing a child struggle with the pain of OCD. It's hard enough making sense of intense anxiety as an adult. Though my symptoms of OCD were not full blown until I reached adulthood, I've always had terrible anxiety since I was a very small child. As a child, you are not capable of truly articulating your feelings and experiences. I just remember my fear of doing anything wrong and how that would mean I was not a "good" girl. I would even tattle on myself to adults if I did something wrong, because the guilt was so intense! I also remember recognizing (at a really young age) that somehow I seemed to be much more "sensitive" to people and things, compared to other children I knew. I felt different, and I never understood why. I'm only just starting to understand . . .
This is one of many reasons why I was very happy to learn about the IOCDF's new website which is written specifically for families and treatment providers of children suffering with OCD (www.ocdinkids.org). I learned about this in an article written by Jeff Smith, IOCDF Director of Development, which appeared in the IOCDF Fall 2015 quarterly newsletter.
The article also outlined a few other interesting developments with regard to expanding treatment to children with OCD. Specifically, this past spring, the IOCDF held the 3rd installment of the pediatric version of its therapist training program called the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI). The remarkable thing about this program? According to Mr. Smith, it "sold out in 20 minutes, an indication of the severe demand and need for this type of training . . ." (Emphasis mine.) Think about that for a moment. 20 minutes. For a therapist training program.
Moreover, the IOCDF created the Pediatrician Partnership Program (PPP), which seeks to arm pediatricians with information to help them more properly identify pediatric onset OCD. The PPP is now being implemented in the Boston, Massachusetts area (the IOCDF headquarters is located in Boston). The plan is to hopefully bring this program throughout the rest of the United States.
Great news for suffering children and their families.