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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Enacting ritualistic overt or covert behaviours to give yourself a sense of relief or security. There is fear if you do not complete a ritualistic behaviour.


What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by unwanted and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors or rituals (compulsions) aimed at reducing anxiety or distress. These obsessions and compulsions can interfere with daily activities and may cause significant distress or impairment in functioning.

How do I know if I have OCD?

OCD symptoms can include intrusive, unwanted thoughts or images (obsessions) that cause anxiety or distress, leading to repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) performed to alleviate that anxiety. These behaviors can vary widely but often involve rituals such as excessive hand washing, checking, counting, or arranging items in a specific way.


What can I do if I have OCD?

To improve OCD, consider implementing self-help strategies like mindfulness, challenging obsessive thoughts, and gradually exposing yourself to triggers, while seeking support from a therapist trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or medication if necessary.

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