Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is an anxiety disorder in which a person will experience unwanted and repetitive thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that drive them to want to do something (compulsions). These behaviors often must be carried out to relieve these obsessive thoughts but this only offers temporry relief. Not performing rituals or tasks can cause severe anxiety. Some obsessions and
Example: One type of obsession may be an excessive fear of germs. This would results in the complusion to repeatedly wash hands to avoid getting viruses or infections.


Signs and Symptoms:
  • Obsessions or compulsions that are not due to medical illness or drug use
  • Obsessions or compulsions that cause major distress or interfere with everyday life
  • Person may recognize their behaviors as excessive or unreasonable
  • Experiencing obsessive thoughts that persist despit efforts to confront or ignore them