Private OCD Assessment for Children

Diverse Diagnostics is a private mental health clinic in Scotland that specialises in comprehensive online assessments of neurodevelopmental disorders, including a private OCD assessment for children and adolescents.

We believe that a diagnosis can dramatically improve the quality of life of a teen or child with OCD and their families, which is why we aim to make them accessible to more younger people by providing assessments that are conducted entirely online.

Our comprehensive OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) test is completed online by a child and adolescent psychiatrist who specialises in neurodevelopmental disorders. The assessment process may vary depending on the diagnosis given, but our consultants will let you know at the first appointment what the process will look like for your child’s unique case.

The assessment includes a feedback session in which the consultant will explain the final diagnosis to the patient and family, what it means, and the best next steps for treatment.

Ready to start the journey towards managing your child’s OCD?

Book an appointment for the assessment of obsessive compulsive disorder at Diverse Diagnostics to receive a private OCD diagnosis in the UK that includes a treatment plan.

What is OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that presents as obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. This means that it causes children to have thoughts and urges to perform certain actions without being able to control them.

For example, children can have a persistent thought to do something over and over, with the belief that something bad will happen if they don’t. These types of intrusive thoughts are called obsessions and the behaviour that fulfils them is called a compulsion.

According to the CDC: “A comprehensive evaluation by a mental health professional will determine if the anxiety or distress involves memories of a traumatic event that actually happened, or if the fears are based on other thoughts or beliefs. The mental health professional should also determine whether someone with OCD has a current or past tic disorder. Anxiety or depression and disruptive behaviors may also occur with OCD.”

Common Misconceptions about OCD

We’ve all heard people use the terms ‘neat freak’ and ‘OCD’ synonymously, but most people do not understand the nuances of this neurodevelopmental condition, such as how the obsessive or intrusive thoughts and compulsive rituals relate to each other, nor the knock-on effects on the child’s mental health and physical wellbeing that go with it.

Young people with OCD can also sometimes be thought to simply have tics that are unrelated to any underlying mental health conditions because this also shows as repetitive actions or sounds.

Understanding the symptoms of childhood OCD is vital for ensuring that it isn’t ignored or put down to the child simply being fussy or pedantic or having certain habits that they’ll “grow out of”. For this reason, a proper assessment with the right diagnosis is essential because it will allow you to decide on the most effective treatment plan for your child.

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What signs or symptoms of OCD can a parent identify?

Teens and children with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can be affected by severe or mild symptoms which will display in their everyday life — both at home and at school. Recognising these symptoms (otherwise known as obsessions and compulsions) is the first step towards treatment of this mental health condition.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) symptoms in children and teenagers include:

  • Obsessions: Obsessive thoughts typically manifest as intense fears or worries. For example, children might feel upset about germs, illness, things that are not straight, whether someone may get hurt or die, etc. These types of intrusive thoughts are repetitive and come to the child’s mind over and over.

  • Compulsions: These are better known as “rituals”. The child will repeat certain behaviours to feel better as they believe it protects them from “bad” things happening. For example, parents may notice that the child arranges things over and over, repeats words or phrases a set number of times, washes or cleans more than they need to, etc.

  • Feelings: As rituals start to take more and more time, they consume the child’s energy and become a cycle of stress. For example, children might feel anxious, frustrated, tired, irritable, or need constant reassurance from their parents or carers.

If you’ve noticed any of the above symptoms in your child or teen, they may have undiagnosed OCD. The next step is booking an assessment for OCD to get a proper medical diagnosis.

Book a free 15-minute consultation if you aren’t sure which of our online diagnostic assessments is right for your child.

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Our Assessment Process for Childhood OCD

A comprehensive assessment by qualified mental health or OCD specialists is necessary if you notice that your child has ongoing obsessions and compulsions. We will be happy to help you and your family at Diverse Diagnostics. Our online OCD test for children and teenagers is designed to give you the information you need to find a sustainable treatment plan.

Our private online OCD assessments are led by a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has many years of experience and expertise in this field using standardised questionnaires and a medical interview to provide a diagnosis and advice on a treatment plan.

Request an online test for OCD for your child via our Appointments page.

Child OCD Treatments

OCD can be treated, usually with a combination of psychological therapies and medication, namely: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family therapy, and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

A CBT therapist can combine talking therapy with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), while family therapists involve the whole family in the therapy process, which is an especially effective approach when treating children and young people.

Treating OCD at Diverse Diagnostics

After our private online assessment for OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), we can discuss the treatment options that are available to you and create an effective treatment plan.

Medication Under Shared Care

After we compile the OCD assessment report, we can begin a referral process to include your General Physician (GP).

When medical treatment is required, prescriptions are provided only under Shared Care with your GP. Therefore, those seeking treatment will need their GP to agree to provide NHS prescriptions prior to the initial medication appointment.

All medication reviews for the treatment of child OCD will be under the consultant at Diverse Diagnostics, who will be responsible for the prescription and dosage specifications.

1-on-1 Therapy Sessions

We also offer 1-on-1 therapy sessions online which are led by an advanced clinical nurse specialist. These are adapted to each patient’s situation and may also cover different strategies that can be used to manage the challenges that come with a diagnosis like OCD.

If you think your child may be affected by OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), you can get the help you need with Diverse Diagnostics.

Book an OCD test for your child today.

Diverse Diagnostics: Helping Young People & Families

Diverse Diagnostics is a private clinic in Glasgow, Scotland, that specialises in online assessments for neurodevelopmental disorders ranging from OCD, Tics and Sleep Disorders to Anxiety, Depression, ASD and ADHD (including adult ADHD assessments).

Although we are based in Glasgow, we offer assessments to patients throughout the UK.

The focus at our practice is not just to treat OCD and improve each child’s life but also to help the whole family. This way, the young person and their loved ones will receive the emotional support they need to understand and navigate the condition, along with treatments and therapies that can help them cope better together.

Dr Jagdish Basra: Specialist Child Behaviour Psychiatrist

Our Medical Director at Diverse Diagnostics is Dr Jagdish Basra, an experienced Child Behaviour Psychiatrist and Adolescent Psychiatrist who specialises in diagnosing and treating children with mental health disorders such as ADHD and Autism. Dr Basra is passionate about removing the stigma associated with neurodiversity and improving the quality of life of those affected by mental health conditions.

Ready to help your child take control of their mental health so they can live a happier and healthier life?

Book our private OCD assessment for children online today.