Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by intrusive and persistent thoughts, images, or impulses (obsessions) and the need to perform compulsive behaviors or acts (compulsions). People with OCD experience intense distress and discomfort associated with their thoughts and behaviors, which can interfere with their daily lives.

OCD obsessions may focus on themes such as:

  • Fear of being contaminated or causing harm to oneself or others
  • Excessive focus on order, symmetry, and organization
  • Fear of making mistakes, losing control, or forgetting important information

    Common compulsions include:

  • Excessive cleaning and/or hand washing
  • Counting, tapping, repeating certain words or prayers
  • Checking things (e.g., door locks, stove, etc.)

    It is estimated that 1-3% of the U.S. population suffers from OCD. OCD is a serious and potentially debilitating disorder, affecting people of all ages, races, gender, and economic status. While there is currently no cure for OCD, it is treatable through a variety of treatment modalities. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and/or medications (e.g., SSRIs, antipsychotics) are commonly used to alleviate symptoms and manage the condition.

    If you think you may be suffering from OCD, or if you have a loved one who is exhibiting symptoms, it is important to seek professional help. An experienced mental health professional can provide an accurate diagnosis and help you develop an effective treatment plan.