Obsessive compulsive disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears that lead to compulsive behaviors. OCD often centers on themes such as a fear of germs or the need to arrange objects in a specific manner.

Symptoms usually begin gradually and vary throughout life. What are the symptoms, they are compulsive behavior, ritualistic behavior, persistent repetition of words or actions, repetitive movements, social isolation, hyper-vigilance, meaningless repetition of own words.Treatment includes talk therapy, medications, or both.

Lifetime risk of developing the disorder- 2%. Males and Females are equally at risk. Most common age of onset- under 40 years old.

It mainly Affect them and the loved people around them. People with OCD have trouble sleeping during the night, they are afraid that if everything isn't perfect or done just right something terrible will happen or they will be punished.People with OCD fear that something bad will happen if they throw anything away. They compulsively hoard things that they don’t need or use.

Resources: Lawrence Robinson, Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D.

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