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Obsessive Compulsion Disorder


Obsessive compulsion disorder is a term that is often mistakenly used when attempting to refer to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD, in turn, is an anxiety disorder that is typically characterized by continuous thoughts and certain compulsive actions. These include, but aren’t limited: counting, hoarding, repeatedly checking on things and needlessly counting objects.

Experts usually recognize this condition as one that can be particularly disabling and life-altering for its sufferers. Individuals who are stuck with OCD tend to have to repeat a pattern of repetitive and identical thoughts and behaviors that are extremely difficult to overcome.

OCD does not come in a one size fits all package. The severity of the disorder varies, as do the treatment options that can be utilized depending what the sufferer is comfortable with.

Basically, people struggling with OCD have repeated impulses and ideas pop up in their head that they are incapable of forgetting or shrugging off. These ideas sometimes include self-harm, harm to others, concerns of cleanliness, over-perfection and many other similar notions.

As a result of their impulses, individuals dealing with OCD tend to have to repeat certain behaviors known as “compulsions.” These compulsions can be anything, but most commonly, they involve washing or checking on things. Other less notable compulsions include counting, moving objects around, hoarding and repeating.

Often people suffering from OCD have particular rituals that they repeat on a daily basis. Other times, however, these rituals can be extremely complicated and always-changing.

Anyone who thinks they or someone they know might be struggling with OCD should contact their personal physician as soon as possible and get a proper diagnosis. A number of treatment options exist for OCD, it’s just a matter of getting out there and finding out which one fits best for you.

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