What is obsessive compulsive disorder?

by Jina

What is obsessive compulsive disorder? I am naturally a neat and tidy person and find these traits useful at home and at work. But lately I have been told that I have OCD symptoms....and I don't even know what obsessive compulsive disorder is. Is there anyone who could tell me?

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Feb 14, 2011
What is OCD
by: Kell

Hi Jina,
Being neat and tidy does not mean that you suffer from OCD People who suffer from OCD symptoms spend hours washing, cleaning, checking, to the point that these activities interfere with their daily life in a negative way.

Does this sound like you?

Onto the question of what is obsessive compulsive disorder...well basically it can be OCD includes obsessions and compulsions.

Obsessions are those thoughts and ideas that continually intrude. They are typically violent thoughts or images, fears of leaving the lights or stove on, or leaving the door unlocked.

Eventhough you know these thoughts are irrational they still intrude.

Compulsions are the behaviors that you do to rid yourself of the anxiety related to the thoughts. You may wash your hands numerous times, check that the door is locked or the lights turned off. You are compelled to do these rituals to rid yourself of anxiety.

Obsessive compulsive disorder treatment is effective. Some of the OCD treatment options include relaxation training, cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, and anti anxiety medication.

Hope this helps,

Kell

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