If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), you may feel you are the only person facingthe difficulties of this illness. But you are not alone. In the United States, 1 in 50 adults have OCD, and twice that many have had it at some point intheir lives. Today very effective treatments for OCD are now available to help you regain a more satisfying life. Here are answers to the most commonly askedquestions about OCD.
What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
Worries, doubts, and superstitious beliefs are common in everyday life. However, when theybecome so excessive such as hours of hand washing or driving around and around the block to check that an accident didn't occur then a diagnosis of OCD ismade. In OCD, the brain gets stuck on a particular thought or urge and just can't let go. People with OCD often say the symptoms feel like a case of mentalhiccups that won't go away. OCD is a medical brain disorder that causes problems in information processing. It is not your fault or the result of a "weak"or unstable personality.
Before the arrival of modern medications and cognitive behavior therapy, OCD was generally thought to be untreatable. Mostpeople with OCD continued to suffer, despite years of ineffective psychotherapy. Today, luckily, treatment can help most people with OCD. Although OCD isusually completely curable only in some individuals, most people achieve meaningful and long-term symptom relief with comprehensive treatment. (254 words)