The Not-So-Obvious Symptoms of OCD in School

It may be hard to recognize that OCD is causing learning difficulties, interpersonal problems, or great distress and anxiety. When students are barraged by obsessive fears, doubts, and urges, they may perform rituals or compulsions to neutralize or undo these thoughts or feelings to try to feel better. But sometimes it’s not clear that a student’s behavior is connected to OCD. Students who have OCD may not perform these actions repeatedly in the classroom, or they may be completing rituals mentally or covertly.

OCD at School

OCD is like an unwelcome guest with bad manners. It moves into a mind — and it doesn’t want to leave.

Students with OCD may appear to be daydreaming, distracted, disinterested, or even lazy. They may seem unfocused and unable to concentrate. But they are really very busy focusing on their nagging urges or confusing, stressful, and sometimes terrifying OCD thoughts and images. They may also be focused on completing rituals, either overtly or covertly, to relieve their distress.

Ketamine Research Treatment Study for Pediatric Refractory Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Eligibility Criteria

Male and Female, ages 14-20:

  • Diagnosed with OCD
  • Tried at least two SRI medications and CBT with little or no change in OCD symptoms
New York

Researchers at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute are conducting an experimental treatment study for pediatric OCD. The study aims to determine whether ketamine, an anesthetic medication, can cause a rapid decrease in OCD symptoms. Eligible participants will receive a free, thorough diagnostic evaluation, and a one-time low dose of intravenous ketamine. Participants will be monitored by clinical staff for two weeks following the ketamine infusion.