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Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Diagnosis and treatment

OCD is characterized by the presence of obsessions and/or compulsions.

Obsessions are recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, urges or images that are intrusive and unwanted, whereas compulsions are repetitive behaviors (hand washing, ordering, checking…) or mental acts (praying, repeating words silently, praying…) that the individual feels driven to perform in response to an obsession or according to rules that must be applied rigidly.

Compulsions are aimed at preventing or reducing anxiety or distress or preventing some dreaded situation or event (for example: being contaminated with bacteria), even though they are not connected in a realistic way with what they pretend to prevent, or they are clearly excessive (for example, washing hands 30 times a day to prevent contamination).

All this translates into a great waste of time throughout the day, as well as high levels of anxiety and suffering, significantly affecting important areas of functioning: social, occupational…

Without treatment, it’s usually a chronic disorder, with periods in which the symptoms are less severe, and others in which the symptoms are worse. Sometimes, OCD is complicated with the coexistence of other disorders (such as depression, anxiety disorders, tics disorders…).

With a proper approach and treatment, recovery rates are high. Don’t let OCD control your life, control your OCD! Dr. Moreno can help you.