Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, often abbreviated OCD, is a physiological disorder of anxiety often associated with repetitive habits, apprehension, and sometimes fear.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder affects about 2.2 million American adults. It usually comes into full stride in early adulthood.

Symptoms:

- Do the same rituals over and over such as washing hands, locking and unlocking doors, counting, keeping unneeded items, or repeating the same steps again and again.

- Can't control the unwanted thoughts and behaviors

- Don't get pleasure when performing the behaviors or rituals, but get brief relief from the anxiety the thoughts cause

- Spend at least 1 hour a day on the thoughts and rituals, which cause distress and get in the way of daily life.

Treatments:

There are some therapies, called psychotherapy, that tend to alleviate some of the pain caused by OCD.  There are some medications that will relieve the anxiety associate but will not directly cure the disease.

There are clinical treatments online, and treatment centers available if the OCD becomes impairing of basic life necessities.

Resources:

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-co...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsessive%E2%80%93compulsive_disorder

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