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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.

Educational Resources

Support Groups

Find a Mental Health Care Provider

Find a Treatment Facility

Resources (these should link to 3 different PDF files)

 OCD Related Offerings at HHC

Additional Resources

TED Talk: Alyse Shacter – Getting Unstuck

 

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