Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by uncontrollable, disturbing thoughts and urges, called obsessions, that make a person feel extremely anxious. Then, in response to these obsessions, the person performs repetitious behaviors, called compulsions, that temporarily relieve the anxiety. However, the obsessions soon return and the compulsions are repeated. As the disorder intensifies, this repetitious cycle becomes very disturbing to the person struggling with OCD.


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The sequence of obsessions and compulsions is very time-consuming, often interferes with the person’s job, can cause relationship difficulties, and frequently causes the person to avoid feared situations in which the cycle might be triggered.


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