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 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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PostSubject: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)   Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:19 pm

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as handwashing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called "rituals," however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety.

Signs and symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Most people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have both obsessions and compulsions, but some people experience just one or the other. The symptoms of OCD may wax and wane over time. Often, the symptoms get worse in times of stress.

Common obsessive thoughts in OCD include:

* Fear of being contaminated by germs or dirt or contaminating others
* Fear of causing harm to yourself or others
* Intrusive sexually explicit or violent thoughts and images
* Excessive focus on religious or moral ideas
* Fear of losing or not having things you might need
* Order and symmetry: the idea that everything must line up “just right.”
* Superstitions; excessive attention to something considered lucky or unlucky

Common compulsive behaviors in OCD include:

* Excessive double-checking of things, such as locks, appliances, and switches.
* Repeatedly checking in on loved ones to make sure they’re safe.
* Counting, tapping, repeating certain words, or doing other senseless things to reduce anxiety.
* Spending a lot of time washing or cleaning.
* Ordering, evening out, or arranging things “just so.”
* Praying excessively or engaging in rituals triggered by religious fear.
* Accumulating “junk” such as old newspapers, magazines, and empty food containers, or other things you don’t have a use for.
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