Obsession is the repetition of thoughts, behaviours and habits. Obsession is seen in children as well as in adults. It is also possible to find habits that your baby repeats at the age of 2.5. Willing to use the same glass can be an example.
By completing the infancy period and going to the school, children between 3-6 years of age acquire new habits by gaining new skills, thus they discover the outside world. They can gain confidence by doing so. They break their dependence on their parents. They enter education and training process and they enjoy repeating everything they learn like songs and stories in this period. They constantly repeat without being bored. It’s is boring for adults but it is very fun and meaningful for them. These repetitions of children help them what’s happening in the outside world. Another obsession that makes them feel safe is bringing their toys with them wherever they go. This will change as the child grows.
If childhood obsessions continue in the following years, it may turn into a disorder what we call “obsessive compulsive “. This can turn into anxiety disorder by affecting life negatively. It can also be considered as an indication of a psychiatric illness.
Shows itself as obsessive behaviours to destroy the negative thoughts in the mind and to control worries. Continuous hand washing, checking the homework repeatedly, counting before bedtime, sorting, arranging can be shown as examples. If the child can’t fulfil such obsessions, he/she has bad thoughts like he/she will fail, harm him/herself and his/her family and convinces him/herself. As a way of relaxation, he/she continues to maintain obsessive behaviours. Although the child relaxes him/herself in this way for a while, same negative thoughts pass through his/her mind after a while and it makes the child uncomfortable again. In order to get rid of these thoughts in their mind they continue to follow their obsessions. This process repeats itself in this way.
Genetic factors, characteristic features, and parents’ attitudes and behaviours might be the main reasons for these obsessions. Especially, overly rigorous and perfectionist parents causes their children to reinforce their obsessive behaviours. The most important cause is the anxiety.
For example, after guests live the house if parents immediately start cleaning the house it may affect children. The obsessions that make life difficult and time consuming also cause the child to intensify his/her obsessions.