Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The “obsessive” element of OCD describes a person’s repeated thoughts and urges, for example for perfection, and the “compulsive” side of OCD refers to repeated behavior as a result of these thoughts. People with obsessive compulsive disorder may:

  • Have an extreme fear of germs
  • Feel the need to arrange objects in a specific manner
  • Repeat words, actions, and movements
  • Be “on guard” and anxious
  • Harbor aggressive thoughts toward themselves

Both children and adults can develop OCD. Obsessive compulsive disorder can interfere in nearly all aspects of everyday life, so it is important to seek help. Both medication and therapy can help the symptoms of OCD, and having a positive support system is important

Resources and support

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