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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Therapy

MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION: Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorder

Many individuals experience a condition where they face symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both. These symptoms can significantly affect various aspects of life, including work, education, and personal relationships.

Exploring the Challenges of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

This chronic mental health issue is characterized by an individual’s struggle with uncontrollable recurring thoughts and/or behaviors that they feel the need to repeat over and over. It affects up to 3% of people worldwide. Notably, symptoms often start in childhood, typically around age 10, and are more common in boys. In adults, symptoms usually appear before age 25, with a higher incidence in women. The development of symptoms after the age of 30 is rare.

Identifying Symptoms:

Obsessions are repetitive thoughts, impulses, or mental images causing anxiety and fear. 

Common obsessions can include:
  • Fear of germs or contamination
  • Intrusive thoughts about taboo subjects
  • Aggressive thoughts towards self or others
  • Desire for order and symmetry

Compulsions are actions performed repeatedly in response to an obsessive thought. 

Common compulsions include:
  • Excessive cleaning or handwashing
  • Organizing objects in a very specific way
  • Repeated checks on certain things, like locks or appliances
  • Compulsive counting

Despite the complexity of this condition, effective treatment and support can help individuals manage their symptoms, regain control over their thoughts and actions, and lead fulfilling lives.