Obsesive Compulsive Disorder
By: Rachel Cespedes and Natalie Tilley
What is O. C. D.?
“Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is when a person must perform a certain ritual or task repeatedly, leading the person to have no control.”
Signs and Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
What percentage of adolescents suffer from this disorder?
What is the available treatment for youth? Is there any counseling or medication available to treat O. C. D.?
“Psychotherapy and medication are treatments available for youth. Psychotherapy is when the person affected learns to control his/ her thoughts, compulsive actions, how to react in situations, and helps reduce their anxiety. A form of psychotherapy is exposure and response, which is a common and effective treatment. Medication that is given includes anti-depressants and anxiety relievers. These medications usually are given out after therapy does not work. They also have a tendency to take a while to work and should not be taken for long periods of time.”
Local facilities that specialize in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
“The International O. C. D. Foundation can help people find therapists, clinics, support groups, local affiliates, global partners, and more online resources in your local area. Local facilities include Roger’s Memorial Hospital and the Anxiety and Stress Disorder Clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.