Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Rob Shapiro 2017-06-01T07:49:14+00:00
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders are characterized by recurring, unwanted and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive, senseless behaviors or rituals (compulsions).
Compulsions usually occur in response to the anxiety-provoking obsession. In the attempt to alleviate the anxiety, the compulsions can become extremely distressing and/or time-consuming as well. For example, a fear of being contaminated by dirt and germs may lead to compulsive hand washing.
Compulsions may also manifest as mental rituals. For example, counting sequences of numbers or letters in one’s head may reduce anxiety triggered by unwanted thoughts. The content of obsessive thoughts may vary depending upon the age of a child and so may change over time.