Obsessive Compulsive Disorder- Christen, Jenna, and Louisa

Family and Loved Ones- Signs of OCD

Obsession with arranging things and putting them in a special order is a common sign of OCD. Crazy organization and fear of germs and sickness are also common signs.

Family and Loved Ones- Negative Stereotypes of OCD

  • Neat freaks
  • Nerds
  • People obsessed with cleanliness

Family and Loved Ones- Local Resources Available for People With OCD

  • Dr. Wendell R. Grigg Jr, MD Psychiatrist
  • Novant Health Medical Center
  • Mental Health Association of Mecklenburg

Family and Loved Ones- Online Resources Available For Trustworthy Information About OCD

National Institute of Mental Health- highly recommended institute for OCD and other mental disorders and is funded by the government


International OCD Foundation- an international non-profit organization that strives to help people with OCD

Anxiety and Depression Association- they specialize in helping depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, OCD, and other disorders. Their focus is to improve quality of life for children and adults affected with such disorders


Family and Loved Ones- Additional Information About OCD That is Very Critical

If OCD is left untreated, it can affect all aspects of life. It interferes with jobs, family, schoolwork, personal routines, etc. With OCD, trying to do normal activities can be very difficult.

Family and Loved Ones- Additional Questions About OCD

  • Why isn't there a cure for OCD?
  • Why/how does one get/develop OCD?
  • Why is OCD not taken seriously?

Medical Expert - Risk Factors

Stressful life events and family history are risk factors for OCD. Stressful life events cause them to be obsessed with basic things.

Medical Expert - Treatment for OCD

Talk therapy and medications are the the basic treatments for OCD. Medications are typically the most known treatment for OCD.

Medical Expert - Why is it important to treat depression in OCD patients?

It is important to treat OCD patients for depression so they won't become mentally worse than they already are.

Medical Expert - Medical science careers

  • Psychiatric Neurosurgery

Patient- Symptoms of OCD

Some common symptoms of OCD include:

  • Compulsive Behavior
  • Hoarding
  • Meaningless repetition of words and actions
  • Acting out rituals
  • Depression (fear, guilt, panic attacks, anxiety, and narcissism)
  • Germaphobe (constantly washing hands, scared of getting sick and getting other people sick)

Patient- Cause of OCD

Currently, the only cause of OCD is when a neurotransmitter in the brain, serotonin, glitches or has an abnormality messing with the brain.

Patient- People Diagnosed with OCD #thenumbers

The number of Americans diagnosed with OCD is relatively high.

  • 3.3 million Americans have or have been diagnosed with OCD
  • 1 in 40 adults develop OCD
  • 1 in 100 children develop OCD

Patient- Why don't people get help??

Many people diagnosed with OCD do not seek help with their disorder. There are actually a few common reasons for staying away from the doctor though...

  • Some people are just plain scared of going to the doctor
  • Others don't understand the negative consequences of OCD
  • Lots of people just think that OCD is nothing to worry about, that there isn't really anything bad or serious or worrisome about it

Patient- Additional OCD Information

It may seem small and just a weird organization thing, but OCD can be very serious. People with OCD commonly either get or develop clinical depression which can lead to the person hurting either themselves or others.

Patient- Additional OCD Questions

Are you born with OCD? No

Medical Expert - Understanding OCD

  • It is an anxiety disorder.
  • Cannot be controlled.
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Medical Expert- Additional Questions

Is OCD curable?