Obsessive – Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is characterized by obsessions and compulsions that interfere in one’s daily life and/or relationships.  Obsessions are recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses or images that cause anxiety.  Examples of obsessions include worry that one has a disease worry about harming another person, and worry about germs.

Compulsions are rituals that reduce distress or prevent hypothesized terrible outcomes and include activities such as washing one’s hands excessively, checking behaviors or mental rituals such as counting, repeating a phrase or praying.