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  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder causing a person to have recurrent and unwanted ideas or impulses called obsessions. Along with the obsessions, the sufferer will have an urge or compulsion to do something to relieve the discomfort caused by the obsession.

People with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder worry a lot, and they feel afraid that bad things could possibly happen to themselves or a loved one. Many people misunderstand the OCD condition and feel that they somehow caused themselves to have compulsive behaviors and obsessive thoughts. Nothing could be further from the truth. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is likely the cause of a number of complex and interrelated factors including the following:

  • genetics
  • biology
  • personality development
  • learning to react to their environment

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is not a sign of a character flaw or a personal weakness. OCD is a serious but treatable mental disorder. Proper treatment is requisite to achieve normal functionality in every day activities such as interaction at work, interaction with family, and social life. A person with OCD may have obsessions about any or all of the following:

  • germs or dirt
  • illness or injury (involving the person or someone else)
  • coming across unlucky numbers or words
  • things being even or straight
  • things being perfect or just right in a certain way
  • making mistakes or not being sure
  • doing or thinking something bad

Consider the following list of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder compulsions:

  • continuous and persistent hand washing or showering
  • counting a certain number of a specific item before doing something else
  • touching each reoccurrence of a specific item between two points
  • doing things a certain number of times
  • checking things repeatedly without being able to stop
  • arranging things in a very particular or neat way
  • asking the same question over and over

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder is similar to Obsessive-Compulsive Anxiety Disorder. People with Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder are overly focused on orderliness and perfection. A person suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder needs to do everything correctly according to his or her perception right, which often interferes with his or her productivity. Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder causes a person to get caught up in the details and miss the bigger picture. Also, these people tend to set unreasonably high standards for themselves and others, and then become very critical of others when they do not live up to these high standards. Consult with a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment options for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

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