By Alyssa Mink
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, also known as OCD, is a disorder in which the person has recurring thoughts and behaviors that he or she feels the urge to repeat constantly. More common forms of OCD are obsessive thoughts about the contamination of germs and feeling the need to have everything in perfect order. Obsessive thoughts such as these can manifest obsessive behaviors such as excessive cleaning or hand washing and having items or places set in a precise way as well as possible constant counting of items. Just because you have specific habits doesn’t mean you have OCD. A person with OCD generally can’t control their thoughts and behaviors even when they are able to recognize those actions are excessive. They usually don't feel happier when they complete their ritual or behavior but it may relieve them of some of the anxiety that the thoughts can cause. OCD can be treated with medicine, psychotherapy, or a mixture of both and while some patients respond well to medicine, others do not. There are other illnesses that can be paired with obsessive-compulsive disorder such as anxiety, depression, and body dysmorphia so it can be more challenging to treat them since they have to take all aspects into account. OCD is one of the more common mental illnesses but psychologists can have a hard time finding out the best way to treat people suffering from it. Definitively the best way to start combating OCD is to recognize the habits you form as a result of it. Of course, as with all illnesses, it is best to ask for help as opposed to going through it alone.
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