Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a disorder where an individual has certain thoughts that are obsessive in nature. There is a strong need to have repeated routines, also called compulsions, to appease these thought patterns. These routines or compulsions can impact daily activities and relationships negatively.

More common obsessions include unwanted thoughts about harm, religion, or sex. Other obsessions include the need for cleanliness and symmetry.


Common symptoms of obsessive-compulsive behavior include:

  • Compulsively counting numbers
  • Excessive hand washing
  • Excessive need for symmetry
  • Extreme need for cleanliness
  • Inability to control urge to perform specific actions or rituals
  • Repeated behaviors to avoid bad luck
  • Self-harm


Causes and Risks

Certain causes and risks of obsessive-compulsive disorder include:

  • Abuse (emotional physical, sexual)
  • Family history of mood disorders
  • Trauma such as war
  • Trauma to the brain



Obsessive-Compulsive disorder can be treated. A licensed clinician will determine the best treatment options for you. Treatments for OCD include:

  • Medication Management: A licensed clinician can prescribe medication to manage the symptoms of OCD.
  • Therapy: Therapy and counseling can help treat OCD. There are several different types of therapy and a licensed clinician will identify which are the most effective for you.


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