OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) is a mental health disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts and fears, known as obsessions, that lead you to perform ritualistic behaviors known as compulsions. Occasional obsessive thoughts or compulsions are experienced by most people, but around 2.2 million adults in the United States suffer from full-on obsessive-compulsive disorder.
While OCD can make you feel hopeless or isolated, the symptoms can be managed with medication and therapy can provide healthy coping mechanisms and new ways of thinking that may bring you relief.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF OCD?
- Contamination Obsession with Washing and Cleaning Compulsion: Characterized by intrusive thoughts about contamination and compulsions of excessive cleaning or washing.
- Harm Obsessions with Checking Compulsions: Characterized by obsessive thoughts about possible harm to yourself or others, and compulsions involving checking rituals to relieve your distress.
- Symmetry Obsessions with Ordering/Arranging/Counting Compulsions: Characterized by obsessive thoughts about symmetry and compulsions to make everything orderly until they are “just right”.
- Obsessions without Visible Compulsions: Characterized by intrusive thoughts about religious, sexual, or aggressive themes. Triggers related to these themes are typically avoided as much as possible.
- Hoarding: Characterized by obsessive fears of losing items or possessions that you may need one day.
KETAMINE FOR ANXIETY DISORDER
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