OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
The itch you just can't scratch!
In the seventeenth century, obsessions and compulsions were often described as symptoms of religious melancholy. Not until the 20th century they started to understand what OCD was actually. OCD has changed its theory over the many years. Now this illness affects as many as 12 in every 1000 people (1.2% of the population) regardless of age and gender. World Health Organization has actually ranked OCD in the top ten of the most disabling illnesses of any kind.
- Having excessive concern with dirt/germs.
- Frequent hand washing, showering, or grooming in a ritualistic manner.
- Taking long frequent trips to the restroom.
- Avoiding getting dirty or sticky.
- Being excessively concerned with bodily secretions or wastes.
- Counting and/or repeating things a certain number of times.
- Engaging in repeating rituals.
- Having excessive fear of harm coming to self or others.
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
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Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
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International Foundation for Research and Education or Depression
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