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OCD: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Definition: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a common and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable thoughts that often recur and behaviors that he or she feels the need to constantly repeat.

 

Symptoms

  • Fear of dirt or contamination from shaking hands or touching things
  • Compulsion to keep things neat and orderly
  • Doubts about locking the door, turning off the stove, etc goes back and checks obsessively
  • Distress when objects are not in place or neat
  • Thoughts of hurting self or acting inappropriately

 

Statistics:

  • Approximately 2.3% of the population between ages 18-54 has OCD
  • Less than 10% of those with OCD receive treatment
  • 1 out of 200 adults have OCD, and twice as many have experienced OCD symptoms in their life

 

How to Feel Better

  • Consult a qualified therapist
    • Make sure to confirm your diagnosis
    • The patient will probably be prescribed some medications to help
  • Try to be as informed as possible about OCD
  • Accept these OCD thoughts to have a successful recovery
  • Postpone any rituals/actions that are done to fix the little things. Resist the urge
  • Have some scheduled exposure to the OCD thoughts so that you can have more experience in resistance

 

Sources

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml

http://understanding_ocd.tripod.com/ocd_facts_statistics.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ocd/basics/symptoms/con-20027827

http://www.anxietycoach.com/overcome-ocd.html

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