Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

We all worry about things important to us in our daily living. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an extreme anxietystate that differs from this worry as it causes the individual to change his or her daily life. It is characterized by uncontrollable and persistent feelings or thoughts (obsessions), and rituals which individuals use to try to prevent or rid themselves of these thoughts (compulsions). Common compulsions are persistent hand washing, house cleaning for fear of germs, repeatedly checking that doors are locked or repeatedly checking over something for errors. It is possible to have obsessive thoughts with out compulsive behavior or compulsive behavior without obsessive thoughts.

As with many other disorders, if an individual continues to suffer with untreated symptoms, they are prone to developing other psychological disorders, such as depression and may have a tendency to abuse alcohol and drugs. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Most cases can be successfully treated.