The following compares behaviors in children and adolescents with and without OCD.
|OCD Behaviors||Developmentally Appropriate Behaviors|
|Are time-consuming.||Aren't overly time-consuming.|
|Are disruptive of normal routine.||Don't interfere with routine.|
|Create distress or frustration.||Create enjoyment or sense of mastery.|
|Make child believe he or she has to do them.||Are habits the child wants to do.|
|Appear bizarre or unusual.||Appear ordinary.|
|Become more elaborate and demanding with time.||Become less important and change over time.|
|Must be executed precisely to prevent adverse consequences.||Can be skipped or changed without consequences.|
Source: Chansky, Freeing Your Child From OCD (2000)
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