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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)



Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition in which a person of any age or background finds themselves in a cycle of obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive behaviors. Obsessions are recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or urges that trigger distressing feelings. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that a person then feels driven to do, usually to try to resolve an obsessive cycle. While the severity of these thoughts and behaviors may vary, they can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities and interactions. Most studied treatment options for OCD work to reduce or mitigate symptoms; the most prominent and widely effective treatment has been cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

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Debunking the Myths of OCD —Natascha M. Santos

There’s a common misconception that if you like to meticulously organize your things, keep your hands clean, or plan out your weekend to the last detail, you might be OCD.

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Living Beyond OCD Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

This user-friendly workbook provides adults with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), the tools they need to move beyond their disorder using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and it also serves as compact text for clinicians/practitioners to use with clients suffering from OCD at any point...

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What’s It Like to Live with OCD?

OCD can bring feelings of anxiety or shame into many areas of your life, but there are also ways to reduce those feelings.

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What Are Intrusive Thoughts? [and When They Signal Pure O & OCD]

What are intrusive thoughts really, and when do they signal Pure O & OCD? Obsessive compulsive disorder consists of obsessions and compulsions that interfere with daily life. In this interview, MedCircle host Kyle Kittleson and the world's leading OCD expert, Dr. Jenny Yip discuss...

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The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD: A Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

If you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you might have an irrational fear of being contaminated by germs, or obsessively double-check things. You may even feel like a prisoner, trapped with your intrusive thoughts.

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What Are Mental Compulsions in OCD?

Flying under the diagnostic radar with "secret" compulsions.

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Understanding the OCD Brain (Part 3): Inside a Patient’s Head

Science writer David Adam has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). In the third of a series of films, he visits the University of Cambridge to find out what is going on inside his brain and to hear about the latest treatments.

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How Apps and VR Therapy Can Help OCD Patients

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is often misunderstood. Here’s what it is, and how those with OCD can use technology to help navigate uncertainty.

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OCD Isn’t a Thought Problem, It’s a Feeling Problem

The real culprit of OCD may not be what you originally thought.

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It’s No Wonder We Still Think OCD Is a Neatness Illness—It’s Mainly How We See It on Screen

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is often depicted as silly and funny, but the media must do more to show the darker reality.

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