Poor insight in pediatric obsessive compulsive disorder: Developmental considerations, treatment implications, and potential strategies for improving insight

Caroline B. Adelman, Eli R. Lebowitz*

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Abstract

Insight in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) entails recognizing obsessive thoughts as unrealistic and false. OCD is characterized by varying degrees of insight and children often demonstrate poorer insight, which has been associated with greater symptoms severity, greater functional impairment and poorer treatment response. This clinical discussion raises the following question with regard to pediatric OCD and poor insight: What is the developmental context of insight in pediatric OCD? What are the treatment implications of poor insight for conducting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with this population? What are the potential benefits and pitfalls of clinical strategies for improving children's insight regarding their OCD symptoms? The need for empirical research in each of these domains is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-124
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

Keywords

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Insight
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Treatment considerations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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