Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Symptoms and Interventions

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental illness (psychiatric disorder) that is characterized by distressing intrusive obsessive thoughts and fears and/or repetitive compulsive actions (rituals) that are done to prevent or reduce anxiety or distress, not to provide pleasure or gratification. It is a lifelong mental illness and recovery from it is gradual and ongoing treatment is necessary to help prevent relapses.

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  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • anxiety disorders
  • obsessions and compulsions
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder

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