Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
OCD is a mental illness where one has persistent thoughts, or obsessions, that result in specific habits and compulsions.z
STATISTICS: Approximately 2.3% of the population between the ages of 18 and 54 have OCD, which is about 1 in every 200 adults.
Symptoms can include:
- Excessive cleaning
- Fear of dirt or germs
- Unwanted thoughts
- Following a strict routine
- Checking things repeatedly
- Specifically creating symmetry
- Repeating numbers
Seeking Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Effective treatments for OCD include therapy and medication.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
These therapeutic treatments can be completed by licensed mental health professional. Sessions are typically held at your therapist's office after setting an appointment.
Medications can be prescribed by a medical professional. Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SRI) is a common medication for OCD that has effective results.
STATISTICS: About 7 out of 10 people suffering from OCD benefit from medication or ERP.