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 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): A Brief Overview

What is OCD?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition marked by intrusive, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviours or mental rituals (compulsions). These significantly interfere with daily life and emotional well-being.

What OCD Is Not

woman cleaning lint off her clothes

OCD is not about being "a little tidy" or "liking order." It is a serious mental health issue that causes significant distress and requires medical diagnosis and treatment.

Primary Symptoms To Be Aware Of:

  • Obsessions:

    • Fear of contamination (e.g., fear of germs or diseases)​

    • Fear of harm (e.g., worrying about causing a fire)

    • Unwanted Sexual or religious thoughts

    • Need for symmetry or orderliness

  • Compulsions:

    • ​Excessive handwashing or cleaning (e.g., washing hands to point of chapping/bleeding)

    • Repeatedly checking things (e.g., checking if the door is locked)

    • Following a strict routine or set of rules

    • Counting, tapping, or performing other ritualistic behaviours

If these symptoms are occurring for you or someone you know, it may be time to seek professional guidance. OCD is a particularly difficult problem to manage, and therapy is typically required for long term improvement.

Current Treatments

  • Medical: Medications such as SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) are most often prescribed.

  • Psychological: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), particularly a subtype call Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), has shown strong effectiveness.

A Quick Tip

One immediate self-help strategy is to label your obsessions and compulsions as "OCD
symptoms" rather than truths or imperatives. This can help lessen their emotional impact on you.

Reach Out For Help

If you're experiencing symptoms of OCD, we strongly encourage you to connect with us for
additional support and a tailored treatment approach. Remember, you're not alone, and there is hope for improvement.

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