Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, also referred to as OCD, is a specific anxiety disorder that is characterized through specific compulsions/ rituals that may seem to mend obsessive thoughts. Compulsions are actions to reduce anxiety, and they often impact daily life. One of the biggest misconceptions towards OCD is that the disorder manifests through extreme cleanliness/ orderliness. Even though many patients with OCD may have those compulsions, however, compulsions can manifest in numerous ways such as: checking, repeating, arranging, etc. If a patient doesn’t perform these rituals, they may feel distressed or anxious.
OCD is prevalent equally in both men and women, and can manifest itself as early as childhood. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a genetic neuropsychiatric disorder, but it can also develop as a result of childhood trauma, post-partum, miscarriages, etc. Many patients with OCD may also have other anxiety and mood disorders.