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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 

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People with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) suffer from unwanted and intrusive thoughts that they cannot seem to get out of their heads (obsessions), often compelling them to repeatedly perform ritualistic behaviors and routines (compulsions) to try and ease their anxiety. 


   Most people who have OCD are aware that their obsessions and compulsions are irrational, yet they feel powerless to stop them. 

   Some spend hours at a time performing complicated rituals involving hand-washing, counting, or checking to ward off persistent, unwelcome thoughts, feelings, or images. 


These can interfere with a person's normal routine, schoolwork, job, family, or social activities. Several hours every day may be spent focusing on obsessive thoughts and performing seemingly senseless rituals. Trying to concentrate on daily activities may be difficult. 


Obsessions Counseling for unwanted intrusive thoughts 


   Constant, irrational worry about dirt, germs, or contamination. 

   Excessive concern with order, arrangement, or symmetry. 

   Fear that negative or aggressive thoughts or impulses will cause personal harm or harm to a loved one. 

   Preoccupation with losing or throwing away objects with little or no value. 

   Excessive concern about accidentally or purposefully injuring another person. 

   Feeling overly responsible for the safety of others. 

   Distasteful religious and sexual thoughts or images. 

   Doubting that is irrational or excessive. 


Compulsions Counseling helps treat ritualistic behaviors and routines to ease anxiety or distress 


   Cleaning - Repeatedly washing one's hands, bathing, or cleaning household items, often for hours at a time. 

   Checking - Checking and re-checking several to hundreds of times a day that the doors are locked, the stove is turned off, the hairdryer is unplugged, etc. 

   Repeating - Inability to stop repeating a name, phrase, or simple activity (such as going through a doorway over and over). 

   Hoarding - Difficulty throwing away useless items such as old newspapers or magazines, bottle caps, or rubber bands. 

   Touching and arranging 

   Mental rituals - Endless reviewing of conversations, counting; repetitively calling up "good" thoughts to neutralize "bad" thoughts or obsessions; or excessive praying and using special words or phrases to neutralize obsessions. 


Left untreated, OCD can interfere with all aspects of life. 


OCD is a serious, yet treatable anxiety disorder that often occurs with depression and other anxiety disorders. If not treated properly, it may become disabling. 


Most people who seek treatment experience significant improvement and enjoy an improved quality of life. It is important to work closely with a health care professional to determine the best option. 


If you're concerned about symptoms of OCD, make an appointment with a therapist or your doctor. Your responses will help your therapist or doctor make a proper diagnosis and determine an effective treatment plan. 


Getting Help  

Be prepared to make the most of each office visit. Follow the tips below to make sure your concerns are addressed and your questions are answered. 


   Write your questions ahead of time and bring them with you. 

   Take notes during the appointment to make sure you understand what you are hearing. 

   Ask for clarification whenever necessary. 

   Ask questions and learn where you can find more information. You have a right to know. 

   Be forthcoming and persistent about issues that concern you. Trust your instincts in your search to find a compatible doctor or therapist. 


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