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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Today I must:Count the number of steps it takes to walk to each class.

OCD is an anxiety disorder. People take normal fears and emotions to an extreme. People may obsess on certain everything in the correct order? Rituals are very important. If I do something a specific way, then the "bad" thing won't happen.

Why do I keep washing my hands?

View this video on a young woman with OCD

OCD usually begins in adolesence. People may have a genetic predisposition to the disease.

What can I do?

Treatment begins with educating the entire family. As many as 1 out of every 100 people have this disorder and there is no cure. Medication with a serotonin inhibitator like paxil or prozac may help, but psychotherapeutic treatment is most often used. This type of behavior therapy uses exposure and response prevention. If you are afraid of germs, you will be exposed to germy surfaces



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