What Is Obsessive-
Compulsive Disorder?

Understand the Symptoms & Treatments for OCD

The word “obsessive” refers to reoccurring and persistent thoughts or urges that might be unwanted or intrusive. The word “compulsive” refers to repetitive behaviors or thoughts that a person experiences in response to an obsession or to rules that the person believes need to be applied rigidly. Together, these words come together to define obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The symptoms of OCD are common in many people, but OCD does not occur until these symptoms and behaviors become intrusive in a person’s professional and personal life.

In the United States, 2.2 million adults have OCD and is equally common among men and women.*

Symptoms of OCD include:

  • Fear of contamination
  • Aggressive behavior towards others or self
  • Excessive cleaning
  • Constantly ordering and arranging objects in a detailed, precise manner

Treatments for OCD are as follows:

  • Medication management
    • Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs)
    • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Psychotherapy
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Intensive outpatient program groups

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