Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a disorder in which people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or obsessions that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions).
Symptoms of OCD
Often, a person with OCD can recognize that these obsessive thoughts followed by compulsive behaviors are not necessary, yet still feels out of their control. OCD can cause both frustration and exhaustion due to the constant back and forth of obsessive thoughts. The internal dialogue typically consists of loud, racing thoughts which can lead to mental fatigue. The obsessive thoughts often times lead to an unnatural desire (compulsion) to take action. This need to act out a certain behavior in a way that is not appropriate can trigger other related mental health illnesses such as anxiety or depression.
What living with OCD looks like:
What is an obsession?
An obsession consists of recurring and persistent thoughts, impulses or images in a person’s mind. Obsessions typically cause distressing emotions that lead to a conclusion on a certain action they must take (compulsion).
What is a compulsion?
A compulsion consists of repetitive behaviors or mental thought processes that come as a response to a person’s obsessive thoughts about a specific person, situation, or activity.A true diagnosis for OCD would require the obsession and/or compulsions to be time consuming, cause significant distress, impact relationships, and affect work or social functioning. OCD can be triggered by, or a trigger for, other mental health disorders such as Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Bipolar or other Mood Disorders.
OCD is treatable. With the proper diagnosis and commitment to a comprehensive supervised treatment plan, a person can manage their symptoms and live a happy and productive life.
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