Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a complex disorder experienced by 1% to 3% of adolescents in America. While a lot can be said about this common mental illness, here are four key facts you need to know.
There are two parts to OCD: obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unrealistic thoughts or feelings, whereas compulsions are uncontrollable actions that are often repeated to reduce stress and fear. Photo by dsovercash
There’s a Need for Control
A person with OCD feels a need to control a situation through their compulsions. They will not be satisfied if left to obsess about the thing they want to change, but instead will feel empowered through specific actions or rituals.
There are Different Compulsions
It Can Be Treated
It often feels like OCD controls a person life, but it doesn’t have to. By developing coping mechanisms, seeing a therapist and even taking medication, those suffering from OCD can find ways to overcome this disorder.
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