OCD Is Treatable
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental illness characterized by the presence of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are defined as recurrent and persistent thoughts, urges or impulses that are experienced as intrusive and unwanted, and cause anxiety or distress.
Compulsions are defined as repetitive behaviors (i.e., checking or ordering things, excessive washing, excessive tics) or mental acts (i.e., repetition of words, counting, praying) that an individual performs to attempt to neutralize the unwanted thoughts.
The compulsions aim to prevent or reduce anxiety or some dreaded event or situation from occurring. They are not connected in a realistic way with what they are designed to neutralize.
The obsessions and compulsions are time-consuming and may cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social or occupational functioning. They are not due to a substance, medical condition or other mental disorder.
OCD can be very debilitating to the point of causing individuals to lose their job or marriage. Some individuals may shower 7 times a day while others have to return home multiple times to check if they turned off the stove. Spouses, family and friends can be greatly affected by an individual’s behavior; it can be very hard and painful to witness someone struggling with OCD.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from OCD, please seek immediate treatment from a medical professional! Antidepressants and CBT are the first-line treatments.
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