Mental Disorder : OCD

OCD or "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder- its characterization or definition is a thought that takes over the mind. It refers to a pattern of recurring thoughts and behaviors that prevents people from going about their day normally.

About 2.3% of the United States population ages 18-54, which is approximately 3.3 million Americans have OCD or are diagnosed in a given year.

There is no reliable diagnostic test for OCD. The diagnosis is usually based on a thorough face-to-face interview conducted by an experienced mental health professional. Some people think that they are losing their mind until they realize they are suffering from a legitimate brain-based illness. They don't know how to describe their experiences until they hear it described by someone else who give it a name.

The most effective treatments for OCD is cognitive-behavioral therapy. Antidepressants are sometimes used in conjunction with therapy; although medication alone is really effective in relieving the symptoms of OCD.

You should first talk to your family doctor about your symptoms. Your doctor should do an exam to make sure that another physical problem isn't causing the symptoms. The family doctor may refer you to a mental health specialist.

Resources that are out there for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to gain more knowledge is the International OCD Foundation.

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