Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Hannah McLaughlin Block 2

What is it? And how can it effect your life?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a disorder that occurs in 2.3% of the United States population. OCD can take your ability to participate activities (i.e. shopping, going out, reading, playing sports, etc.) because your time becomes consumed with compulsions. Usually, people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder are in denial about their condition; therefore, they refuse getting tested or treated. Refusal in testing or treatment can lead to lifelong OCD, which will effect your life and family. OCD can also effect your body; you can have cold/sweaty hands, bald spots, and contact dermatitis. In addition to decrease in quality of life, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can lead to suicidal thoughts and depression. Every one in forty adults in the United States have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, not including the one's who are suffering silently.