Description of Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder. A person with OCD gets frequent, upsetting thoughts called obsessions. To control the thoughts, the person feels an overwhelming urge to repeat certain rituals or behaviors. These are called compulsions.
Signs and Symptoms
The symptoms often begin in children or teens.
1. Examples of obsessions are a fear of germs or a fear of being hurt.
2. Compulsions may include:
a) Washing your hands
c) Checking on things
With OCD, the thoughts and rituals cause distress and get in the way of your daily life.
Causes and Risk Factors
Causes of OCD are:
1. Family history
2. Stressful life events
1. Therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy
NIH: National Institute of Mental Health
Frequently Asked Questions about Obsessive-compulsive disorder
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