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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Also called: OCD

Summary

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder. If you have OCD, you have frequent, upsetting thoughts called obsessions. To try to control the thoughts, you feel an overwhelming urge to repeat certain rituals or behaviors. These are called compulsions.

Examples of obsessions are a fear of germs or a fear of being hurt. Compulsions include washing your hands, counting, checking on things, or cleaning. With OCD, the thoughts and rituals cause distress and get in the way of your daily life.

Researchers think brain circuits may not work properly in people who have OCD. It tends to run in families. The symptoms often begin in children or teens. Treatments include therapy, medicines, or both. One type of therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, is useful for treating OCD.

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health

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Diagnosis and Tests

  • (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)

Treatments and Therapies

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  • (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)
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Related Issues

  • (International OCD Foundation)
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  • (International OCD Foundation)

Specifics

  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
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Statistics and Research

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Clinical Trials

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Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

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  • (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
  • (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
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Children

  • (Nemours Foundation)
  • (Nemours Foundation)

Teenagers

  • (Nemours Foundation)

Patient Handouts

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