Montana girl, 8, is suffering crippling obsessive compulsive disorder that's so ... trends now

Montana girl, 8, is suffering crippling obsessive compulsive disorder that's so ... trends now
Montana girl, 8, is suffering crippling obsessive compulsive disorder that's so ... trends now

Montana girl, 8, is suffering crippling obsessive compulsive disorder that's so ... trends now

A young girl from Montana is set to travel over 1,000 miles for therapy to help her crippling OCD which has got so bad she finds it difficult putting on clothes. 

Claire Hamnes, 8, suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), oppositional defiance disorder (ODD), and anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Mom Nichole said her daughter had started showing signs of OCD at a young age, resulting in her daughter being on medication and attending therapy sessions. 

Nichole described her daughter as being 'outgoing and funny', but noted how she struggles to even get dressed for school due to her clothes having too much static. 

Claire is one of an estimated 2.5 million Americans who struggle with OCD, with Scientists still not clear on the actual cause of the disorder.  

Speaking to KPAX, Nichole told the outlet: 'At her worst she couldn't look at her clothes and how they were arranged.'

Claire Hamnes suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), oppositional defiance disorder (ODD), and anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Claire Hamnes suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), oppositional defiance disorder (ODD), and anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Claire's father, Erik, also said that Claire describes the clothing as having too much static. 

Despite the current medication and therapy sessions, the family have been looking for further help with Claire. 

In July, Claire's obsessions and anxiety had escalated to the point that Nichole and Erik considered residential treatment for her. 

Due to her age, pediatric OCD resources for children is extremely limited in the United States. 

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental health condition where sufferers face persistent or unwanted thoughts.

They may also have compulsions, where they feel compelled to do something again and again, and obsessions, such as uncontrollable and recurring thoughts.

An estimated 2.5million Americans have OCD — of which half, or 1.25million, have a severe form.

Those in late adolescence, from 17 to 21 years old, are most at risk of developing the condition — but it can also emerge in childhood.

Scientists are not clear on the cause but say a combination of genetics, the brain and the environment are thought to be involved. 

Patients are treated using talking therapies — which focus on helping someone face their fears and obsessive thoughts without trying to 'put them right' — and via medication like antidepressants to shift the chemical structure in the brain.

There are two main types of the condition:

Mild OCD

This term refers to more mild symptoms of OCD — a condition which is thought to be relatively common and affects up to 30 percent of the population.

Patients have symptoms such as recurring thoughts on daily activities, like whether they locked the door, or mildly compulsive behaviors, like cleaning frequently.

Severe OCD

This refers to the intense form of the condition where compulsions and obsessions are so strong that they disrupt someone's daily life.

Symptoms can include walking backward unexpectedly while walking with friends or having an obsession with cleanliness.

Patients may also have an obsessive need for symmetry and orderliness — such as having all tin labels facing forward.

The condition can be so

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