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More than two million adults in the United States suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which is characterized by a pattern of obsessive thoughts and compulsive, repetitive behaviors. For many, treatment with antidepressant medications delivered at very high doses is able to control the disorder. However, up to 40 percent1 of those suffering from OCD are considered treatment-resistant, which means that they are not, or are no longer, responding to first-line treatment with medication or psychotherapy.
Symptoms of OCD
The term OCD is often misused to describe people who are simply neat or like things arranged in a particular fashion. In reality, OCD is an anxiety disorder that can dramatically interfere with a person’s daily life.
Obsessions are uncontrollable thoughts or fears that cause stress. A compulsion is a ritual or action that is repeated over and over. In some cases, compulsions are used by those suffering from OCD to offer temporary relief.
OCD symptoms include persistent and recurring impulses, thoughts and images that are unwanted. These may include:
- Repeated unwanted ideas
- Fear of contamination
- Aggressive impulses
- Persistent sexual thoughts
- Images of hurting someone you love
- Thoughts that you be harmed or might cause others harm
For example, a person with OCD may continually check their doors and windows in their home to be sure they are locked, out of fear that someone may attempt to enter their home without their knowledge or permission.