Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

by Claire Burch

What is it?

OCD is a disorder that is characterized by frequent and unavoidable thoughts, also known as obsessions, that leads to behaviors that are repeated, often in a routine.
There isn't really a concrete cause that's been discovered but some people do believe that it happens after someone has a traumatic experience that causes them to feel unclean or messy.
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Signs & Symptoms

  • Constant Organizing
  • Frequent hand washing
  • Unbreakable routines
  • Anxiety if things aren't "perfect"
  • Hoarding
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Treatment

OCD can be treated by cognitive behavior therapy, specifically exposure therapy, and sometimes medication.
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