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When Kids have to Confess Bad Thoughts: Helping Scrupulosity OCD

“Mom I need to talk to you,” you hear your son whisper again. “I’m having bad thoughts.” You know where this is headed. This is the tenth time today he’s pulled you aside to talk. “Two years ago, I think I did something bad,” he confesses. His voice trails off as your mind starts to wonder. What is going on? Why does my son have to confess every thought, behavior and memory he thinks is bad? Why don’t my reassurances make him feel better? You remember once reading something about scrupulosity OCD, could that be what is going on?

Your child is child confesses every bad thought, memory and action they think they’ve ever done. What is going on? Could it be scrupulosity OCD?

Scrupulosity OCD, also known as Moral OCD can exhaust both parents and children. It is one of the most common types of OCD I see in my practice. It is also the one most parents miss. Let me tell you what it is, what it looks like and how to help.


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Other Articles on Moral OCD:

Moral Scrupulosity in OCD: Cognitive Distortions

Scrupulosity: When OCD Targets Your Religious and Moral Values

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4 responses to “PSP 032: When Kids have to Confess Bad Thoughts: Helping Scrupulosity OCD”

  1. Trudie says:

    Another brilliant podcast! Thank you once again for all the info.

  2. Kim says:

    I’m so glad I found your website and this podcast! It was truly eye-opening and I’m convinced that’s what’s going on with my daughter. I’ve been exhausted, frustrated and worried for awhile now about her constant need to tell me “bad things.” This will help change my approach and reaction to her because I’ve been lost on what to do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!!

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