Mental Health

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder , sometimes referred to as OCD, is a disorder characterized by the presence of obsessions and responding compulsions

Characteristics

  • Obsessions: Recurrent, persistent thoughts, urges, or images that are intrusive, unwanted, and cause anxiety/distress
  • Compulsions: Repetitive behaviors meant to reduce anxiety in response to obsessions

Most people have obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive behaviors at some point in their lives, but that does not mean that we all have “some OCD.” In order for a diagnosis of obsessive compulsive disorder to be made, this cycle of obsessions and compulsions becomes so extreme that it consumes a lot of time and gets in the way of important activities that the person values (reference).

Example Behaviors

  • Excessive hand-washing or other cleaning, repeating routine activities (e.g. walking through doors, tapping objects)

There’s Help

If you recognize these characteristics and behaviors in yourself or in a loved one, there is help. At Water Gap Wellness, we treat Obsessive Compulsive Behavior and other mental health diagnoses. Our trained medical and clinical staff will help you manage the diagnosis while giving you hope for a productive and healthy future. Call us today and talk with a friendly admissions counselor. Get started today 1-833-949-4673.

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