Obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Long term anxiety disorder causing recurring thoughts and repetitive activities
  • Symptoms may include constant hand washing, hoarding, sexual impulsions, an obsession for symmetry and order, and more
  • Symptoms usually begin in childhood or early adulthood and may develop during pregnancy in some women
  • Cause unknown
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild and easily managed to severe and disabling

  • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Keep a list of things that trigger your symptoms

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