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about OCD?

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Do I have OCD?

Every day, from the time I wake up to the time I finally go to bed, I’m overwhelmed by thoughts and urges I don’t want to have. They pop into my head and I try to fight them off. I feel tense, exhausted, and sick most of the time. I’ve started to do specific things just to make sure the thoughts won’t come true. Why do I feel so bad all the time?

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Do I have OCD?

Every day, from the time I wake up to the time I finally go to bed, I’m overwhelmed by thoughts and urges I don’t want to have. They pop into my head and I try to fight them off. I feel tense, exhausted, and sick most of the time. I’ve started to do specific things just to make sure the thoughts won’t come true. Why do I feel so bad all the time?

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What is OCD?

Obsession

Repetitive and unwanted image, thought, or urge

Obsession

You feel like the thoughts must be significant, and they bother you

Obsession

Behavior that you repeatedly perform to reduce distress

Obsession

The compulsions only make you feel better for a little bit

How is OCD treated?

Without the right treatment, OCD cancompletely take over someone’s life. But improvements in therapy and medication over the past few decades have made OCD a very treatable condition. It’s good to know what types of treatment have been most effective, so you can get back to living the life you want as soon as possible.

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How is OCD treated?

Without the right treatment, OCD cancompletely take over someone’s life. But improvements in therapy and medication over the past few decades have made OCD a very treatable condition. It’s good to know what types of treatment have been most effective, so you can get back to living the life you want as soon as possible.

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Treatment

Options

Exposure

Learning to face your obsessions without turning to compulsions

Medication

Antidepressant medications at higher doses (and a few others)

Therapy 

Identifying your values and learning to be mindful in your life

Combination

The most effective treatment for many people

Are there different
types of OCD?

Sarah gets a lot of obsessive thoughts around little kids but feels fine taking the trash out. Matt is so comfortable around little kids that he works in a daycare, but taking the trash out brings on a ton of anxious thoughts about getting sick. Sarah avoids kids, and Matt avoids the trash. Do they even have the same condition? Should they be treated similarly?

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Different
types of OCD?

Sarah gets a lot of obsessive thoughts around little kids but feels fine taking the trash out. Matt is so comfortable around little kids that he works in a daycare, but taking the trash out brings on a ton of anxious thoughts about getting sick. Sarah avoids kids, and Matt avoids the trash. Do they even have the same condition? Should they be treated similarly?

Learn about OCD subtypes

For a small number of people, OCD symptoms become so severe that suicide is a risk. If you ever consider suicide, call your local suicide hotline or emergency number right away. In the United States, this number is 1-800-273-8255.

 

These resources were developed with:

Michael A. Jenike, MD

Founder, OCD Institute at McLean Hospital
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD

Director, Yale OCD Research Clinic
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the
Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine