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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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Welcome to the UC Davis MIND Institute and Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) resource page for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 


 

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder of the brain and behavior.  OCD causes severe anxiety in those affected.   

An obsession refers to recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are intrusive and cause severe anxiety or distress.  Compulsions refer to repetitive behaviors and rituals (like hand washing, hoarding, ordering, checking) or mental acts (like counting, repeating words silently, avoiding).  The obsessions and compulsions also significantly interfere with the individual's normal routine, academic functioning, employment, usual social activities, or relationships.

 

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