When your child has OCD

In Singapore, children as young as eight have been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder

Mr Wayne Kee's (far left) OCD made him carry out repetitive tasks like opening and closing the refrigerator door for hours. When he got tired, he would ask his mother, Ms Evelyn Chng (left), to take over. OCD sufferer Vera rewrote her school notes re
Mr Wayne Kee's (left) OCD made him carry out repetitive tasks like opening and closing the refrigerator door for hours. When he got tired, he would ask his mother, Ms Evelyn Chng (right), to take over.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
OCD sufferer Vera rewrote her school notes repeatedly to ensure that her handwriting was neat and "perfect".
OCD sufferer Vera rewrote her school notes repeatedly to ensure that her handwriting was neat and "perfect".ST PHOTO: VENESSA LEE

Two years ago, when Vera was in her first year of junior college, she had problems taking notes.

She would rewrite them repeatedly to ensure that her handwriting was neat and "perfect", using copious amounts of correction tape.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 27, 2019, with the headline 'When your child has OCD'. Subscribe