Understanding OCD: What are Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders?

It's not unlikely to hear someone claim to have an OCD tendency or two. But for more than 3.3 million people, the physical, mental and emotional weight of obsessive-compulsive disorder is all too real. Marked by repeated (obsessive) thoughts and the behaviors (compulsions) that follow—often ritualized—OCD encompasses far more than the stereotypical behavior of flipping the light switch a certain number of times (although that's a thing too).

In fact, OCD is so broad, it is considered a spectrum, meaning other actions caused by repetitive anxious thoughts or irrational fears can fall into this category. For example, excessive hair-pulling and skin-picking are considered forms of OCD. How can something like this be treated? Check out these videos to learn more about the signs, treatment options and how to let go of shame.

Written by Curiosity Staff May 28, 2014

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