OCD

By: Andrew Long and Destiny Cruz

Definition

Characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Its also possible to have only obsessions or only compulsions and still have ocd.

Signs and Symtoms

Anorexia symptoms, ritualistic behaviors, fear of getting contaminated by germs, fear of contamination from dirt, having things orderly and symmetrical, and aggressive or horrific thoughts about harming yourself or others.

Age of on-set

Most people have it diagnosed at ones childhood.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Physical exams, lab test treatments,and psychotherapy and medications are some of the treatments and diagnosis's.

Example of Behaviors

Some examples are that you start worrying about things, also you feel the need to keep or collect items.

Related Disorders

Some of the disorders that are related are, depression, Bipolar disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

Help Resources

One resource would be cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Facts

First: About 3.3 million Americans are dealing with OCD.
Second: OCD can start at any age it's typically seen in between 10 and 12 years of age or between teen and young adult.

Causes

It may be a result of changes in your body's own natural chemistry or brain functions.

Myth

OCD is rare in kids.
That isn't true because every 1 in 200 kids have OCD.