The Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

A recent article in La Presse discusses obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the beliefs surrounding OCD, the differences between obsession and compulsion, and current treatment options to alleviate the anxiety generated by such a condition.

The cycle of obsessive-compulsive disorder begins with obsession or obsessive thoughts (e.g., an unlocked door) and the anxiety it generates. It is thus a compulsive act (e.g., checking the door) that allows the person to reduce their level of anxiety. We have all been there, unsure if we properly closed the door. The line is drawn, however, when the obsession becomes overwhelming and encroaches on normal functioning.

In fact, no medication relieves OCD; it is rather prescribed to reduce anxiety. But today, various therapy options allow individuals to learn how to control intrusive thoughts such as obsessions and how to deconstruct them.

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