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Study: Children with OCD more likely to be bullied

Children with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), a potentially social security disability qualifying condition, are more likely to be bullied than children in good health, according to a new study.

The Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology showed that 25 percent of children with OCD who researchers studied described bullying as a problem, as opposed to only 9 percent of healthy children. The study shows that bullying can make symptoms of OCD worse, as the International Business Times said it creates “a seemingly endless cycle of worry and anxiety” in children who suffer from the disease.

According to the International Business Times, 1 percent of children suffer from OCD, a severe anxiety disorder which characterized by illogical thinking, intrusive and disruptive thoughts and rituals, such as frequent hand-washing or counting.

The Social Security Administration says after applying for disability, parents who have children that suffer from OCD will be asked to submit detailed information on the child’s medical conditions and how it affects his or her ability to function on a daily basis. The SSA will also ask parents to give permission to teachers, doctors, therapists and other professions who can give information on the child’s disability qualifying condition.

The law offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates is of the opinion that many children who suffer with OCD are eligible for disability benefits. We are skilled advocates in securing such benefits for OCD afflicted children.