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Obsessive-compulsive disorder also known as OCD causes people to suffer in silence and secrecy and can destroy relationships and the ability to work It may bring on shame ridicule anger and intolerance from friends and family Although it has been reported in children it strikes most often during adolescence or young adult years The illness can affect people in any income bracket of any race gender or ethnic group and in any occupation If people recognize the symptoms and seek treatment OCD can be controlled OCD plagues people with intrusive unwanted thoughts or obsessions which are rarely pleasant People who have these obsessions recognize that they are senseless Still they are unable to stop them They may worry about becoming contaminated by dirt or germs and believe they will be tainted by touching doorknobs or common objects Others may fear becoming violent or aggressive or they may have an unreasonable fear they will unintentionally harm people Some may struggle with blasphemous or distasteful sexual thoughts while others become overly concerned about order arrangement or symmetry In an attempt to ease the anxiety related to their obsessions people often develop ritualistic behaviors called compulsions Often these reflect the patients obsessions For example an obsessive fear about contamination often leads to compulsive hand washing even to the point where the persons hands bleed Others repeatedly touch a specific object or say a name or phrase in response to an obsession An extreme and intrusive fear of making mistakes on the job may result in a person completing tasks extremely slowly even to the point that the job is never finished Obsessions may also result in compulsive collecting of useless items such as magazines and newspapers until they clog entire rooms of homes and endanger occupants safetyThe most common of many compulsions are washing and checking Other compulsive behaviors include counting often while performing another compulsive action such as hand washing repeating hoarding and endlessly rearranging objects in
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