Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

By: Jasmine De Leon

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

an anxiety disorder where the person cannot shake thoughts that bad things could happen (obsessions)

  • Also known as OCD


  • collecting unnecessary items
  • does rituals and compulsions (does things repeatedly in order to make sure things are right or to avoid something)


  • worrying about things not being in order; losing things
  • obsessions and compulsions related or nonrelateable

What are the causes and affects?

Causes: (scientists do not know exactly what causes OCD, but they have a good understanding)

  • blocked Serotonin
  • different brain patterns from images of the brain
  • genetic predisposition
  • life events could worsen or trigger onset of OCD


  • compulsions give the person a sense of relief after preforming
  • however, compulsions strangthen the OCD thoughts, encouraging them to return
  • rituals might seem odd so a person hides their symptoms from others

How is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder diagnosed?

No lab or blood test can determine of you have OCD; psychologist/ psychiatrist will ask you questions about your compulsions/ rituals.

  1. "Do you have worries, thoughts, images, feelings, or ideas that upset/bother/scare you?"
  2. "Do you feel you have to check, repeat, ask, or do things over and over again?"
  3. "Do you feel you have to do things a certain number of times, or in a certain pattern?"

How is OCD treated?

Interesting fact:

3 in 100 people have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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