Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common and debilitating mental health disorder in which a person has uncontrollable thoughts, rituals, preoccupations, and behaviors. People who have OCD possess recurring thoughts (“obsessions”) and/or behaviors (“compulsions”) that he or she has the strong urge to repeat countless times.
One might have one or multiple obsessions. There are many possible types of obsessions that may not be on this list.
Some specific obsessive thoughts are generally known for pairing with certain compulsions. Examples of this include: an obsession with contamination leads to compulsive hand washing or showering; and obsessive doubt can lead to the compulsion of checking.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) comprises either obsessions, compulsions, or both. The obsessions and/or compulsions are time-consuming (usually taking at least an hour a day) and can interfere with your life.
Medications commonly used for OCD
In any type of therapy, the person must be truly committed to improvement.
Any form of medication management and/or therapy is available with telehealth.
There are several disorders that are related to OCD consisting of body dysmorphic disorder, hoarding disorder, trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder), and excoriation (skin-picking) disorder.
It is important to state that OCD is a serious mental health condition. If one merely has some neat or cleanliness tendencies does not necessarily mean one has the disorder.