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Understanding OCD

By Rachel Tombaugh

What is OCD: 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is characterized by repetitive distressing, intrusive, and unwanted thoughts or doubts that cause anxiety, fear, shame, or disgust, known as obsessions. In order to neutralize the distress caused by obsessions, the individual will engage in behaviors (which can be mental or physical) to relieve these painful feelings. Over time, these actions become cyclical and repetitive and it feels as though there is no choice but to engage in these efforts to alleviate anxiety and fear. These behaviors are called compulsions. This pattern of obsession, anxiety, compulsion, and temporary relief characterizes the sequence known as OCD. 

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