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Reassurance Seeking

 

Reassurance Seeking is an Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

 

Students with OCD often seek reassurance about everything.  In the classroom the teacher might notice the student repeatedly asking questions to verify that she correctly understands the expectation of an assignment.  Questions asked by the student, while on the same topic, may be phrased slightly differently each time the question is presented, e.g.:  “Am I supposed to write about the Fathers of Confederation?”  “Is it OK to write about what led up to Confederation?”  “Is it OK to use this book from the library about Confederation?” and so on.

 

Despite the teacher’s efforts to reassure the student that she is on track, the student’s OCD continues to cause doubt that she really “got it” or is sure of the assignment expectations. 

 

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