OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by recurring, intrusive, and distressing thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) that individuals feel compelled to perform. OCD affects people of all ages and can significantly impact their daily lives and overall well-being.
Obsessions are persistent and unwanted thoughts, urges, or images that cause anxiety and distress. These obsessions can center around a variety of themes, such as contamination, symmetry, orderliness, forbidden or taboo thoughts, or a need for perfection. Compulsions, on the other hand, are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that individuals engage in to reduce anxiety or prevent a feared outcome. These behaviors can include excessive cleaning, checking, counting, arranging items, or performing mental rituals.