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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Is a condition characterized by recurrent, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions). Individuals with OCD often experience intense anxiety and distress related to their obsessions, which leads them to engage in compulsive behaviors as a way to reduce or alleviate that anxiety. However, these compulsions provide only temporary relief and can become time-consuming and interfere with daily life.

Impact on daily life: OCD can significantly interfere with daily functioning and quality of life. The obsessions and compulsions consume a significant amount of time and energy, causing distress and disrupting relationships, work or academic performance, and social activities. Individuals with OCD may feel embarrassed or ashamed of their symptoms, leading to social withdrawal and isolation.

Treatment: Effective treatment for OCD typically involves a combination of psychotherapy and medication. It is crucial for individuals with OCD to seek professional help from mental health providers experienced in treating the disorder. With proper treatment, individuals with OCD can experience significant symptom reduction, improved functioning, and a better quality of life. Although complete elimination of obsessions and compulsions may not always be achievable, learning to manage and cope with them can lead to substantial improvements.


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