Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder marked by intrustive, unwanted thoughts and repeated actions or rituals aimed at dislodging these thoughts. It is believed to affect at least one in every one hundred adults, and men and women in roughly equal measures. The disorder can set in at any point from pre-school to adulthood, and far too often goes unrecognized. Although OCD can be both chronic and debilitating, it is also highly treatable.
For a list of common obsessions and compulsions, please see this rundown from the Internatnional OCD Foundation.
For an overview of OCD treatment options, please see this rundown from the International OCD Foundation.
To download the IOCDF’s terrific brochure, “What You Need to Know About OCD” please click here.