obsession may lead to obsessive compulsive disorder in kids. Find out the
reasons for the development of obsession about their looks in kids.
Any type of obsession can be a symptom of OCD or Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder. Kids getting obsessed about how they look have been a problem with
parents during every stage; but currently, this has been a great issue with
parents as they feel that this obsession is bordering on abnormal behaviour. Clinically,
it has been found that for a kid to get obsessed with anything, be it looks or
any other thing, there is usually a family history of compulsive disorders.
Whereas, an adult can contract the disease at a later stage too.
Why Do Kids Obsess About Looks?
Here are the causes of appreance obsession in
Fit Into Peer Groups
This is perhaps the most common reason behind the development of the
compulsive disorder in kids. All kids want to be a part of the peer group that
he has around him. And if the kid already has this idea that he is somehow
different from the rest of the members, he immediately develops this urge to
become alike and fit into the group. There is a natural reason for it as well.
Neglect and Boycott By Peers
This is a follow-through of the above mentioned points. Kids have this
tendency to poke fun at fellow peers if they find them appearing different in any way;
be it their clothing style, or their natural appearance. This makes the other
kid, the one who feels neglected, very conscious about his looks. He wants to
change and adapt his dress and style or his hair in order to be identified as a
part of the group.
Fascinated By Idols
Kids often have fascinations for some idols, be it some sports star or a
movie star; they get highly influenced by their style. Kids are prone to believe that they must imbibe all the
fashion traits and characteristics of their respective idol. In this attempt
they often get obsessed with the styles and fashion that the idol is sporting
at the given moment. In many cases it has been observed that this obsession is
a temporary phase and it changes or the idol get replaced with time. But if you
find that the obsession to look like the idol goes beyond the usual playful
way, you need to consult a counselor.
Counseling – The Way Out
When the obsession with looks increases to an extent that kid begins to
sport unhealthy behaviour or attempts to engage in activities that cause harm,
in any way possible, you know that it is time for medical intervention. Consult
a physician who might refer your kid to a psychiatrist, who in turn may
prescribe some medications. In most of these cases, the cognitive behaviour
therapy yields good results.
Finally, one point to keep in mind – It has been observed in most cases
that parents are unable to discern for themselves that their
kid indeed has developed an obsession. The awareness sets in late as the kids
make their best efforts to hide their compulsive disorders as much as possible.
So observe your kid from close quarters, keep an eye on his regular behaviour
And once you get to know that he is getting obsessed with his looks, do not
give him an impression that he is doing something that is “bad”. Rather your
casual and friendly approach will help him outgrow his obsession with greater
ease. You will find that in most cases, the obsession is just a temporary phase
that needs to be dealt with care and eventually, the kids grow out of it, with
conditioning support, or maybe by themselves, naturally.