Definition by Carol Hevia, Psy.D., reproduced with permission from International OCD Foundation.
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
People diagnosed with OCD spend over one hour daily struggling with repetitive intrusive thoughts, impulses and/or behavioral urges that increase their anxiety. They try to control their obsessions with compulsive behaviors (rituals) that function as an attempt to reduce their anxiety. Over time, the rituals become less and less effective in controlling the obsessions.