Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder in which people experience recurring unwanted/intrusive thoughts, ideas, images, or urges (obsessions) that cause intense distress. Sometimes people with OCD only experience obsessions. Other times, these obsessions drive people with OCD to perform actions repeatedly (compulsions) to dispel the unwanted obsessions. Compulsions can include behaviors like hand washing, checking on things, cleaning, and more. While these are normal behaviors on their own, with OCD obsessions can cause intense distress and pressure a person with the disorder to perform compulsions repeatedly and sometimes to the extreme, regardless of their effect on a person’s daily life or well-being.
Some common intrusive thoughts or obsessions:
Some common compulsions, which are behaviors that help a person reduce the distress caused by obsessions:
The degree to which a person experiences these obsessions and/or compulsions is an important factor in determining the diagnosis of OCD. A person concerned with cleanliness may frequently wash their hands—someone with OCD may continue to wash their hands until their skin is raw and cracking.
If you have or think you may have OCD, ACP is here to help. We offer individual therapy as well as psychiatric services for those who might benefit from medication. Call 612-925-6033 to schedule an evaluation, or fill out our online form to have one of our schedulers contact you.
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