Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

A person with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has repeated unwanted thoughts that they cannot control. When they leave home, for example, they might repeatedly think about whether the door is locked or unlocked. To get rid of these thoughts, they may also develop a compulsion. Which is a ritual or action that is repeated over and over again. For instance, to ensure that the door is locked, they feel the need to check it several times. For a short time, the action (compulsion) makes them feel better. And when they resist the urge to check, they may become anxious or have panic attacks.

How is OCD treated?

The goal of OCD cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is to help you manage your thoughts and actions. Symptoms may also be treated with medication, such as an antidepressant.