Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder that includes uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions). It is a long-lasting disorder that is considered chronic. OCD sufferers can have either obsessions or compulsion, or a combination of both. These symptoms can cause negative interference within all areas of life, including interpersonal relationships, education, and career.
Symptoms tend to worsen over time without effective evidence-based treatment. Individuals with OCD engage in avoidance behaviors that strengthen their obsessions. OCD is a disorder that affects adults, adolescents, and children universally. A diagnosis of OCD is typically procured around the young adult age; with an earlier onset in males than females, but symptoms can emerge after the middle age period as well.