Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Symptoms & Treatment Options
Some of our thoughts are more helpful than others. Most people can rather easily dismiss a thought that enters their mind when it is unhelpful or unwanted. But when irrational thoughts take hold and become so overpowering that they rule a person’s life, a pathological condition exists. Such is the case with OCD.
Symptoms of OCD
One can imagine that living with OCD is like walking around with a ball and chain. A person is tormented with intrusive and unwanted thoughts (obsessions) that cause significant anxiety and distress. The obsessions drive the individual to engage in ritualistic behaviors (compulsions) in a futile effort to get relief. This repetitive cycle of behavior goes on and on, often consuming hours of the day. Patients suffer academically, vocationally, and socially.