Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Bekah Reisterer

Definition and Statistics

OCD is an uncontrollable obsession or impulses that causes repetitive actions. People with OCD are driven to do these repetitive actions and if they don't act on the impulse it causes them anxiety and stress. In 2013 around 2.2 million American adults were diagnosed with OCD. This disorder affects men and women of any age or race.

Obsessive and Compulsive Signs and Symptoms

Fear of germs and contamination

Must have things orderly clean and symmetrical

Unwanted thoughts

Avoiding all situations that might cause an obsession

Cleaning

Counting

Checking

Strict daily routine

Orderliness

Hand washing until skin becomes raw

Relatively checking things

Counting in certain patterns

Repeating phrases to yourself

Treatment

fluoxetine

fluvoxamin

Paroxetine

sertraline

citalopram

clomipramine

Cognitive- behavioral therapy

surgery

Why you should know about OCD and why I chose OCD

OCD is a common disorder that many Americans have. You should know the basics about OCD because it is such a common disorder for people to have. A lot of people say they have OCD because they like to have things organized but just because someone likes to have things organized does not mean they have OCD. I wanted to do OCD because i knew the basics about the disorder but I didn't want know a ton about it and i wanted to learn more about it.