Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is a disorder in which someone has obsessions and compulsions, such as washing your hands more often then usual or extreme worries about contamination. Between 1% and 3% of people will develop Obsessive Compulsive Disorder starting in childhood or young adulthood. Often the condition is hereditary, though its severity can greatly vary within a family. It`s possible to only have obsessions or compulsions and still have OCD. Formal diagnosis may be given by a psychologist, psychiatrist, clinical social worker, or other licensed mental health professional. OCD is often confused with its similar, OCPD, or Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, which does the opposite. OCD is different from from behaviors/addictions such as gambling, drinking, and using drugs.