Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, also known as O.C.D., is a type of anxiety disorder that causes a constant stream of uncertainty, doubt, or fear in a person's mind.

What are signs and symptoms of O.C.D.?

Signs: excessive double-checking of things, repeatedly checking in on loved ones to make sure they're safe, spending a lot of time washing or cleaning, counting/tapping/repeating certain words, doing senseless things to reduce anxiety, praying excessively or engaging in rituals triggered by religious fear, and accumulating "junk" such as old newspapers or empty food containers

Symptoms: urges to do certain things repeatedly (otherwise known as rituals/compulsive), always thinking upsetting or scary thoughts, debating whether something is harmful/dangerous/dirty/wrong, or uncertainty/doubt/fear

How does O.C.D. affect someone?

O.C.D. causes its victims to feel overly stressed, and it takes time away from their lives by repeating rituals/compulsions.

Are there any other names for this disorder?

The most commonly known term for this disorder is O.C.D.

How is O.C.D. diagnosed?

Someone can be diagnosed with O.C.D. by a personal therapist, psychologist, or other medical tests and evaluations.

How is O.C.D. treated?

O.C.D. cannot be completely cured, as it is a lifelong chronic disorder, but therapy can help reduce the symptoms.

What is an interesting fact about O.C.D.?

An interesting fact about O.C.D. is that about 3 out of 100 people are victims.