Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

People with OCD experience persistent and unwelcome anxious thoughts, and the result is feeling a strong need to perform rituals to maintain control. For instance, a person obsessed with germs or dirt may wash his hands constantly. Others may touch or count things or see repeated images that disturb them. These thoughts are called obsessions, and the rituals that are performed to try to prevent or get rid of them are called compulsions. Severe OCD can consume so much of a person’s time and concentration that it interferes with daily life, but treatments including medications and psychotherapy are very effective. OCD affects about 3 million adult Americans, and usually begins in childhood.

Information courtesy of National Institute of Mental Health.