Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.

People with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both and can interfere with all aspects of life, such as work, school, and personal relationships.

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Understanding OCD

Are repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images that cause anxiety.

  • Fear of germs or contamination
  • Unwanted forbidden or taboo thoughts involving sex, religion, and harm
  • Aggressive thoughts towards others or self
  • Having things symmetrical or in a perfect order

Are repetitive behaviors that a person with OCD feels the urge to do in response to an obsessive thought.

  • Excessive cleaning and/or handwashing
  • Ordering and arranging things in a particular, precise way
  • Repeatedly checking on things, such as repeatedly checking to see if the door is locked or that the oven is off
  • Compulsive counting

Signs of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

OCD is a common disorder that affects adults, adolescents, and children all over the world. Most people are diagnosed by about age 19, typically with an earlier age of onset in boys than in girls, but onset after age 35 does happen.

Not all rituals or habits are compulsions. Everyone double checks things sometimes. But a person with OCD generally:

  • Can’t control his or her thoughts or behaviors, even when those thoughts or behaviors are recognized as excessive
  • Spends at least 1 hour a day on these thoughts or behaviors
  • Doesn’t get pleasure when performing the behaviors or rituals, but may feel brief relief from the anxiety the thoughts cause
  • Experiences significant problems in their daily life due to these thoughts or behaviors

Scientific Backing of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Looking at the difference between obsessions and compulsions.

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An article looking at specific coping skills to help with OCD.

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Learning steps to understand and live with OCD on a daily basis.

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Key Benefits of Treatment at Exult

OCD is typically treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. Although most patients with OCD respond to treatment, some patients continue to experience symptoms.

  • Medications – antidepressants
  • Therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Access to on-site psychiatrist
  • Providers working together
  • Tailored programs to fit your needs
  • Afternoon and weekend hours
  • Yoga and Mindfulness

Genetics, brain structure and functioning, and environment

If you see that you are spending more than one hour a day obsessing or having compulsive actions, which are affecting your job or social life, you should seek help.

Therapy deals with control of compulsions, avoidance of unwanted thoughts, and social adaptation skills.

We suggest you talk to your insurance provider before making any major health decisions.

We offer medication management if that is what both the client and provider decide.

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