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Can a two year old have obsessive compulsive disorder?

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I am the mother of a two year old, and he just spends alot of time lining up his toy cars and toy soldiers. Wondering if this could be OCD at such a young age?
asked Aug 23, 2015 in OCD by concerned mother

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The answer is no. OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) can't be diagnosed in a two year old. Here are the facts: OCD symptoms start by age 15, and OCD is diagnosed at an average age of 23 (Rasmussen and Tsuang, 1984). So OCD symptoms show up in adolescence, and the OCD diagnosis comes about as a young adult.

Your child lining up his toys is developmentally normal. If you are still worried, please take your child to a pediatrician for a developmental assessment.
answered Aug 25, 2015 by drcarlo (294,430 points)
selected Sep 20, 2015 by drcarlo
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