Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by recurrent thoughts (obsessions) or rituals (compulsions) that people feel they cannot control. Obsessions are persistent thoughts that one recognizes as intrusive and inappropriate and that result in marked distress. Compulsions are rituals that are performed to try to prevent or stop the anxiety related to the obsessions. For instance, an individual with OCD may be obsessed with germs and dirt, constantly fearful of contamination. In an attempt to deal with his fear, he washes his hands over and over, hundreds of times throughout the day. Most people with this condition recognize that what they are doing is senseless, but they cannot stop.
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- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- American Residential Treatment Association
Resources (these should link to 3 different PDF files)
- FIRST STEP – What to do not that your loved one has been diagnosed with a mental illness
- DAILY STEPS – Developing a holistic mental health care plan for your loved one.
- DIFFICULT STEPS – Navigating destructive behavior and legal issues with a mentally ill loved one.
OCD Related Offerings at HHC
- Living Grace Group
- Family Grace Group
- NAMI Peer to Peer Group
- NAMI Family to Family Group
- Mental Health Coaching
TED Talk: Alyse Shacter – Getting Unstuck