An obsession or compulsion is an unhealthy attention to something or someone. It begins with a thought that is accompanied with anxiety or fear. Because it involves taking an action that results in a relief of the anxiety or fear, a cycle of repetition takes root, leading to greater attachment to both the anxiety and the now compulsive behavior that relieves it. We come to believe that if we don’t do the compulsive behavior, terrible things will happen. Obsessive behavior shows itself in many forms and can include personal cleanliness, environmental manipulations, or bodily actions. The compulsive behavior is in effect addictive for its ability to relieve the fear. There are many good healing approaches to compulsive or obsessive behaviors, which left unchecked often cause harm or result in unwelcome consequences.
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An estimated 5 million Americans suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and live diminished lives in which they are compelled to obsess about something or to repeat a similar task over and over. Traditionally, OCD has been treated with Prozac or similar drugs.
If you’ve been diagnosed with OCD, you already understand how your obsessive thoughts, compulsive behavior, and need for rituals can interfere with everyday life. Maybe you’ve already undergone therapy or are in the midst of working with a therapist.
When people think of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), they tend to focus on the most obvious compulsions, such as repetitive hand-washing, cleaning or checking on things, or an extreme need for symmetry. While the compulsions are more noticeable, they are only one aspect of this disorder.