Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an mental illness where a certain person is trapped in a certain repetition of thoughts or actions. Such as washing one's hands repeatedly.


Obsession refers to persistent, recurrent, and unwanted thoughts that prevent people from attending to normal daily activities.


Compulsion refers to repeated, irresistible behaviors

Details

1 out of every 50 have this disorder

2 in 50 have had or will have this disorder at some point in their life.

The disorder is not dominant in either male or female, but symptoms are shown in early childhood for males and early 20's for females.

What Causes OCD?

OCD is normally a genetic disorder and has a higher rate of being passed on within a family who has had the disorder.

People who have OCD have a different brain structure, while, scientists still do not know the exact cause or causes of OCD, but research suggests that differences in the brain and genes of those affected may play a role. OCD patients have a higher brain activity in certain areas of the brain such as at the front of the brain just above the eyeballs and deep within the brain.

Treatments

The most effective treatments for OCD are Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and/or medication . More specifically, the most effective treatments are a type of CBT called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which has the strongest evidence supporting its use in the treatment of OCD, and/or a class of medications called serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SRIs.


Medications can only be prescribed by a licensed medical professionals (such as your physician or a psychiatrist), who would ideally work together with the therapist to develop a treatment plan.

Garrett Powell

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10/15/15