An “unexpected” effect of corona … exacerbation of obsessive-compulsive disorder


And according to what was reported by the American “Washington Post”, some children have become very afraid of viruses, for fear that it will infiltrate them and make them ill.

The source quoted the child Cliff in California, as saying that he encircles the food plate with his hands to avoid germs, when he is sitting at the table with his family.

But if a relative tries to push the child to act normally around the table, then he expresses his extreme anger, and this may apply to many children who are experiencing the epidemic at an early age.

And health data in the United States indicate that obsessive-compulsive disorder affects one in every two thousand children and adolescents, and this percentage is similar to the incidence of diabetes at this age.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder greatly disturbs the affected person, and makes him hostage to unjustified fears and actions.

A person with obsessive-compulsive disorder may wash his hands an exaggerated number of times, until cracks appear or the skin is affected.

In the same vein, he may be keen to organize some things according to a certain formula, without there being any justification for that, or he may sleep and sit in a body because of obsessions that control his psyche.

And since children have had to study remotely and stay at home all day, this means that the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder become more severe, because the child does not go out to play and interact with his colleagues and friends, or do normal things that unjustified obsessions forget.

Johns Hopkins University mental health researcher Joseph McGuire said that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder seem to fear the issue of transmission in general.

However, the fears expressed by people with obsessive-compulsive disorder about infection are not commensurate with the existing risk, meaning that the person may take unjustified preventive measures, such as washing hands every minute, knowing that he has probably not touched anything new or contaminated.

The researcher fears that the Corona prevention measures will be a factor for relapse among children who had begun receiving psychological treatment, and then came the epidemic crisis.

Susan Song, director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at George Washington University, said that children with obsessive-compulsive disorder expressed their relief during the first month of the outbreak of the epidemic, and the reason is that almost everyone has become like them, meaning that the “obsession” with sterilization and hand washing has become all-encompassing. But then things changed.

She added that as soon as a few months had passed since the start of the epidemic, anxiety increased among children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder.


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