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what is obsessive-compulsive disorder?

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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Anxiety Disorder: Obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd) is a psychiatric condition where patients experience anxiety related to obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety, fear or worry. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that are performed to reduce the associated anxiety. Most OCD sufferers recognize that their obsessions and compulsions are irrational.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
OCD: Is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that cause apprehension/fear/worry, and repetitive behaviors in attempt to reduce tension & anxiety. Examples are excess washing, cleaning, checking, hoarding, etc. Symptoms are time-consuming & cause more distress.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
OCD: OCD is obsessive compulsive disorder, which is comprised of obsessions (repeating unwanted thoughts) and compulsions (ritualistic behaviors to help deal with those thoughts) such as washing hands repeatedly, constantly cleaning, checking locks, and other similar behaviors. Often the emotions behind OCD are based in fear and/or anger that is unresolved and even unverbalized.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Obsessive Compulsive: Obsessive compulsive disorder (ocd) is an anxiety disorder characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. The person has persistent thoughts and rituals that cause distress and get in the way of daily life. For more information: http://tinyurl.Com/5732fg.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
OCD: OCD is obsessive compulsive disorder, which is comprised of obsessions (repeating unwanted thoughts) and compulsions (ritualistic behaviors to help deal with those thoughts) such as washing hands repeatedly, constantly cleaning, checking locks, and other similar behaviors. Often the emotions behind OCD are based in fear and/or anger that is unresolved and even unverbalized.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Recommend: comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. The combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and psychotropic medications is often an effective treatment approach. Take care.
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
OCD: Short answer, see your doctor. There are good medications on the market for OCD but they need a prescription.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How can I treat obsessive-compulsive disorder?

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Dr. Allison Greco
Dr. Allison Greco answered
General Practice 9 years experience
Therapy, medication: The most effective treatment for diagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder is something called cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt). During cbt, a therapist can help you "train yourself" to deal with the anxiety and emotions that accompany the compulsions associated with the disorder. There are also medications that may help, but they will be less effective without therapy.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Obsessive compulsive disorder resistant to help?

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Dr. John Benson
Psychiatry 41 years experience
OCD seeking help: Persons with OCD can vary a bit in their willingness to get treatment, and the degree to which they seem to "want" to change. The most resistant sub-group of ocd'ers I have observed has been hoarders, who are often quite unwilling to change or get help, resisting all efforts to "contain" their compulsions. They experience intolerable anxiety when "deprived" of their collection.
Dr. Timothy Re
Dr. Timothy Re commented
Clinical Psychology 31 years experience
Insight for ocd is variable and on a continuum from complete to absent. Motivation for change tends to be correlated with this
Mar 27, 2013
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you please define obsessive compulsive disorder?

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Dr. L. Kevin Chapman
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
OCD: The presence of obsessions (intrusive thoughts images or impulses) and usually compulsions (mental acts, behaviors, or rituals aimed at neutralizing anxiety caused by obsessions) that take up at least an hour per day, along with distress/impairment. Although it is possible to have obsessions without compulsions (rituals), most people with ocd have compulsions, even if subtle, mental rituals.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Could obsessive compulsive disorder impair judgements?

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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Yes: Ocd will result in actions that could impair judgement due to repetitive behaviors.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How to overcome obsessive-compulsive disorder?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michelle King
Psychiatry 26 years experience
A combination: A combination of medications prescribed by a psychiatrist and with therapy. The therapist should be someone familiar and experienced with treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder. With medications there are several that are effective, depending on the severity of illness.

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