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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by a cycle of obsessions and compulsions that significantly disrupt daily life.

Obsessions are intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images, or urges that cause anxiety or distress. These thoughts can be about germs, order, harm, or even taboo subjects. For instance, someone with OCD might have a persistent fear of contamination, leading to obsessive thoughts about germs.

Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts a person feels driven to perform in response to obsessions. The goal is to reduce anxiety or prevent feared outcomes, even though they may not be logically connected. Common compulsions include handwashing, checking, arranging things in a specific order, or counting rituals. While completing these compulsions might bring temporary relief, the cycle typically repeats as the obsessions return.

It's important to distinguish OCD from simply enjoying routine or cleanliness. People with OCD experience significant distress and their daily activities are noticeably impacted by their obsessions and compulsions.

OCD affects people of all ages and walks of life. Effective treatments are available, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication. With treatment, many people with OCD can manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives.

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