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Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic anxiety disorder. It involves having uncontrollable, recurring or unreasonable thoughts / urges followed by a behavioral response. Obsessions can often cause anxiety; compulsions are a repetitive behavioral response to an obsessive thought

Triggers - The Causes

  • Neurobiological factors
  • Genetics and hereditary
  • Behavioral factors
  • Traumatic event
  • History of abuse (physical /sexual) as a child

Symptoms - What it looks like

  • Extreme checking (i.e. locks, light switches, ovens, alarm systems)
  • Extreme fear / avoidance of contamination (physical / mental) or sickness
  • Extreme need for symmetry / order in a particular way
  • Obsession with a particular line of thought that’s intrusive
  • Behavioural tics (i.e. shrugging, blinking, twitching, throat clearing)
  • Compulsion to repeat a behavior multiple times

Treatment - The way to healing

  • Psychotherapy
  • Neuromodulation
  • Medication
  • Relaxation
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

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