Articles on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
Kathleen cannot leave the house without repeatedly checking that she has locked the front door properly. She rattles the door over and over again to assure herself that the door is locked. She will start to leave the premises only to return up the front steps again to reassure herself that the door is, in fact, locked. She may repeat this more than once… (Read more)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Causes and Treatment
Approximately 1 in 50 people suffer from this debilitating disorder to some degree, with the majority of sufferers being female. We all have doubts from time to time about whether we turned the iron off or not, and we may even take steps to check if we actually did switch the iron off. But why do some of us go on to develop this disorder and not others… (Read more)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Origins
In its most extreme form, it is not uncommon for a person with OCD to also experience generalized anxiety disorder, recurrent panic attacks, debilitating avoidance of places and situations, as well as major depression. These are additional to the time-consuming and often distressing rituals which form the basic of this disorder... (Read more)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Symptoms and Behaviors
As noted in What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? this condition in its most severe form is one of the most distressing conditions of all mental illnesses. OCD varies in severity, but in it most serious form, the suffer will usually also suffer from generalized anxiety disorder (an all-pervasive, yet unspecific fear), panic attacks, avoidance of certain places and situations, together with major depression… (Read more)

Living with a Person with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Sharing a household with a person suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is not easy. It is not uncommon for family members to believe that the sufferer is just "picky" and stubborn and therefore unnecessary arguments and stress results, not only for the co-habiter but for the sufferer as well... (Read more)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Difficulties for the Family
While being a sufferer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be extraordinarily difficult, it can also be extremely frustrating for family members who share the same household as the sufferer. Take the case of Maggie whose mother suffers from OCD. Maggie is in her late fifties and her mother is 87. Although she has long left the family home, the shadow of her mother's OCD hangs over her like a shroud... (Read more)



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