Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by obsessive, intrusive thoughts and ritualistic behaviors that significantly interfere with a person’s daily life. OCD can take many forms. Some people obsess about germs and constantly want to wash their hands or clean their homes. Others may fear harm coming to themselves or loved ones, or worry about bad luck, causing them to engage in rituals such as repeating certain words aloud a certain number of times, or touching objects a certain number of times. Having these thoughts and engaging in these rituals can cause people to feel stressed, frustrated, angry, and embarrassed. And even if they know the thoughts are irrational and that these behaviors don’t prevent bad things from happening, they still can’t control them. These are some symptoms of OCD that you should be aware of so you can get help with treatment.
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