Category: OCD

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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How Can I Stop OCD Thoughts?

Many people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) ask, “How can I stop having OCD thoughts?” It is important to remember that up to 90% of people have strange, bizarre and even disturbing thoughts on a daily basis. If bizarre or disturbing thoughts are actually normal, what matters is not whether we have them, but how we react to them. Why…

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Coping With Stress When You Have OCD

Everyone experiences stress from time to time. Life stresses can range from mere daily annoyances to severe, traumatic events. Under the right conditions, both minor and major stressful events can exacerbate illnesses such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), major depression, cardiovascular disease, and type II diabetes. However, not everyone who experiences a stressful event (even a traumatic one)…

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6 Things Everyone Should Know About OCD

People get rough ideas about mental illness from movies or TV shows, and popular culture often simplifies or even completely misrepresents what it is really like to live with mental illness. Obsessive-compulsive disorder(OCD) is no different. Many people associate their knowledge and understanding of OCD with popular TV shows, like The Big Bang Theory and Monk. Consequently, OCD may be one…

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Avoidance in OCD: It’s Never the Answer

One of the common ways that people deal with a variety of anxiety issues is through avoidance. Afraid to fly? Well then, don’t. A large crowd of people too much to deal with? Just stay away from parties or large gatherings. Too anxious to ever give a presentation? Don’t apply for that job you’d otherwise…

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