Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects approximately 1 or 2 out of 100 individuals (National Institute of Mental Health). OCD consists of obsessions (thoughts, images, impulses, ideas, doubts) and compulsions (actions or thoughts aimed at neutralizing the obsessions). Obsessions can be focused on any subject matter, but they are different from worries in that they are more excessive and tend to be inconsistent with the individual’s character or values. Compulsions are primarily focused on washing/cleaning, checking, symmetry and ordering. Compulsions are sometimes behaviours and sometimes thoughts (e.g. mental checking, reviewing memories, reassuring, distracting/blocking, counting etc.)
Obsessive-Compulsive related disorders
Some behavioural problems are similar to OCD, yet also quite distinct. Careful assessment is important determine the best treatment plan. It is not unusual to have a diagnosis of OCD and one of these other disorders related to OCD.
At Archways we have clinicians with specialized training in the treatment of OCD and other conditions related to OCD.
Do I have OCD?
Feel free to take our confidential and free OCD Screening Tool to determine if you might have symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
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