OCD and education

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can lead to underachievement in children and adolescents especially under age 18. The students with this disease are least expected to perform in school tests or go for the higher studies like their companions who are not suffering from this disorder.

As per the significant European study, the researchers from JAMA Psychiatry, tell that improper schooling results in work opportunities, which will just offer the sufferer a smaller pay scale for the period of the lifetime.

The early diagnosis and medications can help the patients to fill the gap. Sadly, 2.2 million US adults get affected by OCD, which is one percent of the population, as per the Anxiety and Depression Association.

The patients with this disease used to have obsessive beliefs and fears, and they find a need to perform some tasks too which frequently reduce the concern/fears.

Dr Ana Perez-Vigil is a researcher with the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and also a lead author of the study said that OCD is likely to begin in childhood and it can be chronic too.

According to the reports, Perez-Vigil told Reuters Health in an email that patients experience highly distressing thoughts and also feel forced to perform obsessions for many hours a day. This thing can put a major effect on the ability of concentrate and negative impact on the benefits from school too.

The patient may feel the need of washing hands again and again or may read or write the same thing for multiple time; it makes the learning process frustrating and dull. The parents of the patients also face the struggle with their school work.

She adds that reduced school attendance is not unusual for the OCD victims also some of the cases leave the education system entirely. Also, the researchers have concluded that OCD has very harmful impacts on the person’s education. Whereas, the extent of the harmfulness of OCD is yet to be discovered regarding the education of the patients.

The team of researchers has analysed the data of approximately 2 million people of Sweden who born between January 1, 1976, and December 21, 1998. The results showed that 15,000 people had been diagnosed with OCD and 81 percent of the these had further psychiatric analyses which compare to 13.6 percent of the group who are not having OCD but other psychological diseases. Also, the study examined the sibling pairs of 700,000 families.

While reviewing the school performances, researchers found that 40-60 percent students are less expected to pass all the essential courses in the middle of their teenage. Whereas 53 percent are hardly moving on upper secondary school programmes and 39 percent are less likely to enter the academic upper secondary program.

Meanwhile, 57 percent are not expected to finish the upper secondary school and 28 percent less suitable to start a university degree program also 48 percent least supposed to complete postgraduate education.

As per the research, OCD is getting linked with the extensive growth of educational underachievement that’s too on the academic level. The impact of the syndrome is not limited to some specific courses, in fact, the OCD patients are more likely to fail each subject including the core subjects.

Even the impact is powerful in the victims who are under age of 18 or younger whereas the patients with a following age of attack were very decreased over the board.

The lead author concluded that OCD victim also faces embarrassment with social consequences and need to cope up with it. Families also arrange tuitions for their children who are unable to attend the schools. Though. it is an understandable the fact that young people find it difficult to come back to schools after having the successful medication. So significant efforts are required from the schools, families and health professionals so that the kids can follow the right path.

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