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Obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD is a mental health condition that causes uncontrollable obsessions. These obsessions may be thoughts, fears, and urges. Those with OCD try to reduce the anxiety these obsessions bring with repetitive actions known as compulsions.

According to the International OCD Foundation, between 2 and 3 million U.S. adults are currently living with OCD. While OCD may cause shame or embarrassment in individuals who have it, treatment can help.

Symptoms of OCD

In most cases, OCD symptoms include obsessions and compulsions. However, an individual with OCD may have one or the other. Here’s a brief overview of what obsessions and compulsions may be.

  • Obsessions: Obsessions are persistent unwanted thoughts or urge that cause anxiety or distress. They often get in the way when an individual is trying to think about other things or perform certain activities. Obsessions may be fear of germs or dirt, the need for order, symmetry, and perfection, and unwanted sexual thoughts. 
  • Compulsions: Compulsions are actions an individual may take to get rid of obsessions or the negative feelings they cause. Examples of compulsions are washing hands over and over, arranging items in a specific manner, refusing to shake hands or touch objects like doorknobs, and silently repeating a word or a phrase. 

Individuals with OCD might also have ticks, which are brief, repetitive actions like eye blinking, grunting, head jerking, and shoulder shrugging.


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Treatments for OCD

OCD treatment is aimed at controlling symptoms so they don’t have a negative impact on day-to-day life. Depending on the severity of the condition, long-term or more intensive treatment may be required. At Compassion Behavioral Health, we offer a variety of treatments for patients with OCD such as:

It’s not uncommon for OCD to occur alongside a drug or alcohol addiction. Therefore, we treat patients who are experiencing both OCD and substance abuse conditions. Between our Substance Abuse Treatment Program and Mental Health Treatment Program, we can effectively treat both disorders at once.

Causes and Risk Factors of Attachment Disorder

The exact causes of OCD are unknown. However, certain events or factors may increase an individual’s risk of developing this condition. These may be moving, getting married or divorced, the death of a loved one, a history of abuse, and issues at work or school. A family history of OCD, low levels of serotonin, which is a natural substance in the brain, and relationship problems may also increase the likelihood of OCD.



Common obsessions in OCD include fear of contamination, fear of harm or danger to oneself or others, fear of losing control or doing something inappropriate, and a need for symmetry or order.
Common compulsions in OCD include excessive cleaning or hand-washing, repetitive checking (e.g., locks, appliances, switches), counting, arranging or rearranging objects, and repeating certain words or phrases.
OCD is diagnosed by a mental health professional, typically a psychiatrist or psychologist, who will conduct a clinical interview and may use diagnostic criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
The exact cause of OCD is not known, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurobiological factors.
Yes, OCD is treatable. The most effective treatments for OCD are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication, often used in combination. CBT involves exposing the person to their feared situations and teaching them how to resist performing their compulsions. Medications that can be effective include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
There is currently no cure for OCD, but treatment can help manage the symptoms and improve quality of life.
You can help a loved one with OCD by being supportive and understanding, educating yourself about the disorder, encouraging them to seek professional help, and being patient and non-judgmental.
It is unlikely that OCD will go away on its own without treatment. In some cases, symptoms may improve over time, but without treatment, the disorder is likely to persist and even worsen.

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