Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • What is the characterization or definition of your mental illness?  Unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions).
  • How many people are affected by your mental illness?  Approximately 2.3% of the population between ages 18- 54 suffers from OCD
  • How can someone tell if they have your mental illness?  Symptoms such as fear of contamination or dirt, having things orderly and symmetrical, doubts that you've locked the door or turned off the stove, thoughts about shouting obscenities or acting inappropriately, washing and cleaning, and counting can show that someone has OCD.
  • What treatments exist to treat your mental illness? Psychotherapy and medications such as Zoloft or Prozac are treatments for OCD.
  • How can people get help for the treatment of your mental illness?  Seeing a doctor is the best way to get help for treatment of OCD.  Writing down symptoms, medications, and any important questions is vital.
  • What resources are available to help gain knowledge about your mental illness?  There are many websites online and studies that have been performed on OCD.  There are also sites where people who have OCD can talk to other people who also have it, about what they experience.
  • Statistic: 

    Nearly 1/3 to 1/2 of all sufferers will find that their OCD has it's roots in childhood

    Sources:

    "Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD)." Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Aug. 2013.

    "OCD: Facts& Statistics on OCD." UOCD: Facts& Statistics on OCD. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.

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