OCD is a type of anxiety disorder in which a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and/or compulsions.
Obsessions might include recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images, that are felt as being intrusive and inappropriate and lead to the individual feeling marked anxiety or distress. The individual may also develop repetitive behaviors (compulsions) that a person feels driven to perform to make the obsessive thoughts go away. Examples of compulsions might be handwashing, checking, counting, cleaning, etc.
Individuals feel these are necessary to prevent or reduce distress or prevent a dreaded situation from happening even if they recognize that the obsessions and compulsions are unreasonable and excessive. A combination of medications and cognitive behavioral therapy is often required to successfully treat this illness.
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