Professional Viewpoint

If OCD intrudes on school, it is so important that school personnel ally with the child to skillfully address OCD just as they would with any child suffering from a medical illness. Even if OCD isn't functionally impairing in the school setting, just knowing that your teacher is on your side or, put differently, that the school environment is free of stigma, can make a real positive difference." John S. March, MD, MPH
Director, Division of Neurosciences Medicine
Duke Clinical Research Institute
It takes just one understanding teacher to make it possible for a child struggling with OCD to feel understood. That sense of safety and acceptance can make the difference between a child attending and thriving at school, or not." Tamar Chansky, Author,
Freeing Your Child From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
School personnel represent a critical link in identifying, assessing, and providing interventions for children and adolescents with OCD. Indeed, for young people with OCD who are experiencing distress in the school setting, the treatment process is incomplete unless and until school-related issues are addressed. Therefore, it is imperative that school personnel become knowledgeable about OCD and learn how to help these students function successfully in educational environments." Gail B. Adams, Ed.D.,
Educational Psychologist

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