What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder The fourth most common mental disorder Anxiety Disorder characterized by of apprehension and fear of repetitive behavior. Obsessions provide a temporary feeling of relief Most people with OCD are diagnosed when they are a children
Types of OCD Checking- The need to to an action to relieve an impulse Hoarding- The need to keep items to feel comfortable and avoid anxiety attacks Contamination- The fear of being exposed to dangerous germs.
Treating OCD The key to treating OCD is to treat patients with medication as well as therapy Drugs used to treat depression are used to suppress serotonin levels Behavioral Therapy is very commonly used
Myths About OCD OCD is a personality flaw in people who are just being picky or fussy or anal. OCD is caused by stress, so people with OCD just need to learn to relax and stop obsessing. OCD behavior is caused by a dysfunctional childhood or poor self-esteem. Real OCD is very rare.