Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

By: Claudia Z

What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a disorder in which a person is not keeping a normal worry in perspective, constant uncertainty, anxiety, doubt or fear in the persons mind.

Signs and Symptoms?

Some signs and symptoms are

1) Worrying

2) Constant fear

3) Anxiety

4) Uncertainty

5) Obsessions

6) Keeping everything nice and tidy

7) Rituals

8) Checking things over and over again.

How Does OCD Affect Someone?

A chemical in the brain called serotonin is blocked and people overreact and misinterpret information. People with OCD tend to worry about things not being in order, losing things even though they might be useless to most people.

How Is It Diagnosed?

Doctors ask questions about worrying and doing things repeatedly in a certain pattern; also, checking things over and over again making sure they are in order.

How Is It Treated?

People would go to therapy like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that offers special methods called called exposure and ritual prevention (ERP).