Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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What is a common symptom of OCD?

Intrusive thoughts

What age group is OCD most common in?

All of the above

What is the first step in treating OCD?

Recognizing the intrusive thoughts as excessive and foreign

What other disorders are associated with OCD?


What kind of doubts does the 20-year-old college junior in the excerpt have?

Concerns that he has made the wrong decision

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  • People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) experience intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors or mental acts that they believe will prevent or reduce anxiety.
  • The thoughts feel excessive and foreign to the person, and attempts to resist or ignore them often lead to even more anxiety.
  • OCD is common in people of all ages and genders and is often preceded by other anxiety disorders.
  • People with OCD often spend a lot of time thinking about and trying to control their intrusive thoughts and behaviors.
  • OCD is associated with a number of other disorders, including anxiety, depression, and OCD itself.
  • ubts (concerns that one has made or will make a wrong decision). In the following excerpt, a clinician describes a 20-year-old college junior who was plagued by obsessive doubts.

Test your knowledge about obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and learn about the intrusive thoughts, repetitive behaviors, and anxiety associated with this common condition. Explore the symptoms, prevalence, and comorbidities of OCD.

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