Category: OCD

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by intrusive obsessive thoughts that result in compulsive ritualistic behaviors and routines. While it’s possible to have only obsessive symptoms or only compulsive symptoms, they usually occur in conjunction. Read More

What is OCD?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages and walks of life, and occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Read More

10 Signs You May Have OCD

Hooked on hand sanitizer? Closet organized to a T? Quirks like this can usually be chalked up to personality or preference, but in some cases they may point to a more serious issue: obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a condition marked by obsessive thoughts and compulsions that affects about 1% of U.S. adults… Read More

What is OCD?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages and walks of life, and occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images, or urges that trigger intensely distressing feelings. Compulsions are behaviors an individual engages in to attempt to…

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What Is OCD? Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Explained

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder characterized by obsessions (recurring, unwanted thoughts) that lead to compulsions (repetitive behaviors or mental acts that an individual feels compelled to perform to “undo” the obsession). OCD behaviors fall into four categories: checking, contamination, hoarding, and rumination/intrusive thoughts. Treatment includes…

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? It’s normal, on occasion, to go back and double-check that the iron is unplugged or worry that you might be contaminated by germs, or even have an occasional unpleasant, violent thought. But if you suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors become so consuming they interfere with…

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How to Recognize Signs of OCD in Toddlers

Although we often think of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as an illness that affects mostly adults, between 0.25-4% of children will develop OCD.1 The average age of onset is approximately 10 years of age,2 although children as young as 5 or 6 may be diagnosed with the illness. Though children can start showing symptoms of OCD around age 3,…

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Overview Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) features a pattern of unwanted thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions interfere with daily activities and cause significant distress. You may try to ignore or stop your obsessions, but that only increases your distress and anxiety. Ultimately, you feel driven to…

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What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which time people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions). The repetitive behaviors, such as hand washing, checking on things or cleaning, can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities and social interactions. Many people have focused…

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Understanding the Impact of Severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Popular culture characterizes OCD as simply being super organized, tidy, or clean. But if you’re living with OCD, you know firsthand how devastating it can really be. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental health condition in which uncontrollable obsessions lead to compulsive behaviors. When this condition becomes severe, it can interfere with relationships and responsibilities…

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