What is OCD?

What is OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder? It’s an anxiety disorder that can result in both obsessions and compulsions that may keep you from living your life the way you want to. 

As the National Institute of Mental Health says, “Everyone double checks things sometimes. For example, you might double check to make sure the stove or iron is turned off before leaving the house. But people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) feel the need to check things repeatedly, or have certain thoughts or perform routines and rituals over and over. The thoughts and rituals associated with OCD cause distress and get in the way of daily life.” To see where you or someone you care about may fall on the OCD spectrum, check out the OCD test.

What is OCD and what causes it? Here’s a good overview: What is OCD? http://www.webpsychology.com/obsessive-compulsive-disorder