Article- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


                     Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder

By: Ali Butters, LMHC

“It’s like you have two brains- a rational brain and an irrational brain.  And they’re constantly fighting.” Emilie Ford

Millions of people are effected by OCD.  Current estimates are that approximately 1 in 40 adults in the U.S. and about 1 in 100 children have this disorder.  OCD can be accompanied by eating disorders, other anxiety related disorders, or depression.  It affects men and women equally.  One third of adults with OCD develop symptoms as children, and research indicates that OCD might run in families.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder causes people to have are persistent and intrusive thoughts and to use rituals or repetitive behaviors (compulsions) to control the anxiety resulting from these thoughts.  These patterns of behavior interfere with the daily lives of those people living with OCD.  Even though these individuals often realize these obsessions are irrational, they feel compelled to carry out these rituals.

For example, a person obsessed with germs may develop a compulsion to wash their hands over and over again.  Although the performance of these rituals is not pleasurable it provides a temporary relief from the anxiety that results from the obsessive thoughts.

OCD can be very chronic; however people can have less intense symptoms at times.

OCD usually responds well to treatment which includes therapy, medication, and often a combination of both. At the Center of Psychological Effectiveness, Inc. it is our pleasure to offer “solutions…not talk