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OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Group & Information

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What is OCD?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD,) is an anxiety disorder, and is a potentially disabling condition that can persist throughout a person's life. The individual who suffers from OCD becomes trapped in a pattern of repetitive thoughts and behaviors that are senseless and distressing but extremely difficult to overcome. OCD occurs in a spectrum from mild to severe, but if severe and left untreated, can destroy a person's capacity to function at work, at school, or even in the home.

People with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) suffer intensely from recurrent, unwanted thoughts or obsessions, rituals or compulsions, which they feel they cannot control. Rituals such as handwashing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away.

Performing these rituals, however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them increases anxiety levels. Left untreated, obsessions and the need to perform rituals can take over a person's life. OCD is often a chronic, relapsing illness. Fortunately, through research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and by industry, effective treatments have been developed to help people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

We all have worries and doubts throughout our everyday lives, whether it is financial problems, marital problems, family issues, whatever the case may be, but when the they become so extreme such as running around the house two and three times a night to make sure all of the doors are locked, or coming back in two or three times before going on a trip to make sure all lights, coffee pot etc are turned off, or counting continuously, it may be time you check with a professional about getting a diagnosis.  You could possibly have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. 

When a person has OCD, it is like the brain gets stuck on a particular thought and can't let go.  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a brain disorder that causes problems in information processing. It is not your fault or a result of weakness.

Before the newer medications came out to help alleviate the symptoms of OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder was thought to be untreatable, and most patients suffered continuously with OCD, despite years of ineffective psychotherapy.  Thanks to modern medicine and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, treatment can help most people that have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

There are some patients that have been cured of OCD but in a lot of cases, the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is so severe that a cure wasn't possible.  But with proper and comprehensive treatment, most patients achieve long-term relief from symptoms.

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