Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Definition of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder:

Those suffering from OCD have obsessions and/or compulsions.  Obsessions refer to recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are intrusive and cause severe anxiety or distress.  Compulsions refer to repetitive behaviors and rituals (such as hand washing, hoarding, ordering, checking) or mental acts (like counting, repeating words silently, avoiding).  These obsessions and compulsions significantly interfere with normal routine, functioning, social activities and relationships.

Also: Obsessive Compulsive, Obsessive-Compulsive, OCD

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...recommendation Counseling
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