Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that causes extreme anxiety due to repetitive thoughts that compel you toward obsessive behaviors. These behaviors, like hand-washing or tapping, are an effort to relieve the stress created by fearful thought patterns.
Uncontrolled, repetitive thoughts and behaviors can interfere with life, work, relationships, and school. While there are sometimes symptoms of OCD present in children, usually, this condition manifests itself in adolescence or young adulthood.
Symptoms of OCD begin with a mental fixation that usually centers on a theme. Unwanted, anxiety-inducing thoughts may be related to:
These thoughts can create extreme anxiety as they do not go away. To calm this anxiety, you may feel compelled to perform certain behaviors. These behaviors may be:
Symptoms of OCD can vary. They may worsen as you age or during extreme stress. Consistent, long-term treatment can help relieve your symptoms.
OCD can be a challenging diagnosis to accept and condition to manage. It is not curable, but you can manage your symptoms with proper, long-term treatment. Treatments are focused on helping you gain control of the anxiety related to your obsessive thoughts and prevent the need for you to perform compulsive behaviors.
The two main treatments for OCD are:
Antidepressants and psychiatric medications are used to fix the chemical imbalance that may be causing this condition.
Psychotherapy, specifically cognitive-behavioral therapy, is used to help you manage your thoughts, anxiety, and harmful behaviors. Often, this treatment method involves you, your family, or other sufferers of OCD.
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