Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Kaylee and Rylei

Causes

To this day, it is unknown what causes OCD, but some scientists believe it is linked to genetics, meaning if one of your family members is diagnosed with OCD, you may be at risk.

Signs/Symptoms

  • counting
  • extreme obsession with organization
  • extreme fear of violence
  • self loathing
  • excessive hand washing
  • dwelling on certain events
  • seeking reassurance from your family and peers (more than an average person)

Who's at Risk?

Anyone from birth to the age of 30 is at a higher risk of being diagnosed with OCD. Contrary to popular belief, only 3% of the population has actually undergone the process of diagnosis and been diagnosed.

Diagnosis

In oder to be diagnosed with OCD, the individual must undergo a physical exam (to rule out any other conditions), lab/blood tests (to check for drugs present in the body), and a psychological exam which may involve the physician talking to family members and peers (to better understand circumstance).

Treatment

Although there is no official cure for OCD, there are treatment options for those for feel that the disorder is affecting their daily life. These include prescription drugs, such as Prozac and Celexa, as well as going through therapy with a certified physician.