Even thoughts about harming themselves or the people they love.
So they compulsively try to make them stop.
These thoughts repeat over and over, faster and faster, making the fear we might act more real. For us, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts are a constant struggle. To cope, we might form weird habits, withdraw from friends or avoid certain situations.
Simply put, OCD is characterized by obsessions (a.k.a intrusive thoughts) and compulsions (a.k.a the "undoing" response to an intrusive thought). However, each sufferer experiences OCD differently. What's normal for some, might not be for others. Learn more about OCD symptoms and subtypes.
Managing OCD requires a balance of 3 key things: education, healthy living and treatment. By staying informed, taking care of your body and prioritizing therapy, sufferers can lead happy, healthy lives. For some, medication or alternative treatments might be necessary. Learn more about OCD treatment options to get the help you deserve.
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