ADAA and Beyond OCD
As of April 1, 2016, Beyond OCD joined forces with ADAA and transferred its resources to us. ADAA staff is working to incorporate the content of Beyond OCD and OCD Education Station websites. Until that is completed, please continue to visit Beyond OCD.
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If you or a loved one suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, you’re not alone. Millions of people have OCD, and it doesn’t discriminate: This disorder affects men, women, teens, and children from every background, race, and ethnicity have OCD. The good news is that with the appropriate treatment, relief is likely.
OCD appears in different ways, and not every person has the same symptoms; many people have combinations of various OCD symptoms. In general, those who have OCD suffer from unwanted and intrusive thoughts that they can't seem to get out of their heads (obsessions), often compelling them to repeatedly perform ritualistic behaviors and routines (compulsions) to try and ease their anxiety.
Most adults who have OCD are aware that their obsessions and compulsions are irrational, yet they feel powerless to stop them. They may spend several hours every day focusing on obsessive thoughts and performing seemingly senseless rituals involving hand-washing, counting, or checking to ward off persistent, unwelcome thoughts, feelings, or images. These can interfere with a person's normal routine, schoolwork, job, family, or social activities. Trying to concentrate on daily activities may be difficult.
Left untreated, OCD can be detrimental to all aspects of life, and getting proper treatment is essential to taking control over the illness and gaining relief. Becoming knowledgeable about the disorder is critical to finding the right treatment and overcoming this frequently incapacitating illness.
Unlike adults, children and teens with OCD may not realize that their obsessions and compulsions are excessive or even view their symptoms as a disorder that can be treated. If you are a parent who would like to help your child and ensure that your child gets the right help, do get more detailed information from the link below.