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Obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, can be a disabling illness for some people. A person with OCD has unreasonable thoughts and fears. Their obsession with these unreasonable ideas leads them to behave in a compulsive, often repetitive way. The anxiety surrounding the fear drives the individual to perform compulsive rituals in order to relieve the feelings of stress, but it often results in a vicious cycle of compulsive behaviour. Although OCD can be extremely severe, it can also be treated. The most successful types of treatment are psychotherapy and medication.

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About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder



Individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder have uncontrollable, obsessive thoughts compel them to behave in repetitive, compulsive ways. Although people with OCD recognize that their obsessions and compulsions are irrational, they are unable to stop the behaviour. Common obsessive thoughts in OCD include fear of contamination, fear of causing harm to someone, order, superstitions, and sexual explicit or violent thoughts. Compulsive behaviour can include excessive double-checking, counting, repeating words, excessive cleaning or washing, and hoarding useless items. These symptoms can result in serious psychological and physical problems, but it can be very hard for a person with OCD to seek help.

Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder



Treatment for OCD can include a variety of approaches. Medication is sometimes used, and a doctor can decide whether that is necessary. Often, treatment includes cognitive-behavioural therapy, where the individual will be exposed to the source of their obsession, and will slowly learn to deal with the anxiety, rather than performing the compulsive behaviour. The individual will learn new, healthy ways to deal with their obsessive thoughts. Family therapy is often very beneficial for OCD, as it is a problem that many people don't understand, and it can cause conflict if the family members are not supportive and understanding.

Post Rehabilitation of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder



Individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder should continue to see a therapist for at least a year after originally receiving treatment. Some sufferers of OCD remain in some form of counselling their whole lives. Recovery from obsessive-compulsive disorder means finding new ways to deal with obsessive thoughts. With the right kind of treatment, a person with obsessive-compulsive disorder can lead a happy and healthy life.

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Do you worry about contamination, or getting a serious illness?
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Do you feel anxious when objects or belongings are not completely in order?
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Do you worry that you might accidentally hurt someone?
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Do you shower or wash your hands longer or more often than necessary?
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Do you clean your home obsessively?
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Do you avoid going to places where you may have to use a public bathroom?
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Do you find yourself holding on to things you no longer need?
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Do you do everyday things, like dressing, eating, or washing, in a particular ordered way?
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Do you worry obsessively that you might lose control of yourself?
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Have you ever had problems completing work because you repeat things over and over again?
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Do you repeat behaviour in order to make everything "feel right"?
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Have you ever experienced feelings of extreme anxiety when another person touched or moved something that belonged to you?
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Are there certain numbers that make you anxious, or numbers that "feel better" than others?
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Do you go back and check on things numerous times, like checking to make sure you locked the door, or turned off the stove?
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Do you ever worry that you're going to hurt yourself?
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Have you ever been obsessed with the idea that something you did might have caused someone else harm?
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Have you ever engaged in compulsive behaviour out of fear related to religion?
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Do you ever have violent, or sexual explicit thoughts that you are unable to control?
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