What Is Obsessive-
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.
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)
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Intensive outpatient program groups
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