Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – OCD is an anxiety disorder in which individuals experience obsessions that include unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, images, and sensations. Individuals with OCD also experience compulsions, which include the engagement of behaviors or mental acts in response to the obsessions. Oftentimes, the individual continues the behaviors (compulsions) to reduce the impact of the obsessions, however, this brings temporary relief. In addition, when the individual does not perform the obsessive rituals, she or he can experience intense anxiety. An individual’s level of OCD can range from mild to severe. Nevertheless, if an individual does not treat his or her OCD, it can affect his or her ability to function within family, self, work/school, home, and intimate and social relationships.