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Basics

What’s up with me?

Every day, from the time I wake up to the time I finally go to bed, I’m overwhelmed by disturbing thoughts that I don’t want to have. They’re usually about things that matter a lot to me, and I’ve started doing specific things (sometimes over and over) just to make sure the thoughts won’t come true. I’ve also been avoiding situations that might bring the thoughts back. Why do I feel like this all the time?

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Symptoms

What is OCD?

Obsession: Repetitive and unwanted image, thought, or urge

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

Compulsion: Behavior that you repeatedly perform to reduce distress

Temporary Relief: The compulsions only make you feel better for a little while

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Treatment

How is OCD treated?

Without treatment, OCD can take over someone’s life. But improvements in therapy and medication over the past few decades have made OCD a highly treatable condition. It’s useful to understand 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 and response prevention (ERP) and CBT

Learning to face your obsessions without resorting to any compulsions

Medication

Antidepressant medications at higher doses, and lots of other options

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Identifying your values and learning to be more mindful

Combination

The most effective treatment for many people involves both therapy and meds

Subtypes

Are there different types of OCD?

Sarah gets a lot of obsessive thoughts around kids, so she skips family events whenever her nephew will be there. Matt is so comfortable around kids that he works at a daycare center, but the idea of taking out the trash causes him so much anxiety that his wife always ends up doing it. Sarah avoids kids, and Matt avoids the trash. Do they have the same condition? Should they be treated similarly?

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