Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
This anxiety disorder can cause people to have unwanted,
recurring thoughts, feelings, or ideas that make them feel as
though they must do something over and over. These types of
behaviors may include repeatedly washing their hands,
cleaning, or checking on things.
starts during childhood, or early adulthood. Over two million
Americans are afflicted with this disorder. It can have a
negative impact on a person's day-to-day activities, or how
they interact socially with others.
suffer from OCD may have thoughts or impulses that can lead to
stressful emotions. Although people afflicted with OCD may
realize that these obsessions aren't reasonable, they can't
avoid having those feelings. These obsessions may include
constant fear of being hurt, fear of things becoming dirty,
the need for things to be exact or symmetrical in appearance.
Or sexual thoughts that they may consider to not be "normal."
the repeat mental actions or behaviors that someone afflicted
with OCD feels they must do, as the result of their obsession.
In the most extreme cases, someone with OCD may have a series
of rituals that they have to perform throughout the day.
actions may include a person constantly cleaning themselves or
their surroundings, for fear of contamination (whether real or
imagined). Other acts may include frequently checking to make
sure a door is locked, that the stove is turned off, or
anything else that may lead to someone being harmed if
unchecked. Some OCD sufferers also feel a strong urge to place
objects at home (books, DVDs, etc) in a specific order. Or to
make sure that those objects are lined up perfectly and
disorder won't go away untreated. But with proper treatment,
people who suffer from OCD may be able to deal with their
disorder without having to perform certain rituals or repeat
thoughts and actions.
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