Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Health Center

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

More than 7 million people in the United States are affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a mental illness that causes patients to have consistent worry and intrusive, stressful thoughts that they compensate for by performing compulsive rituals to alleviate the worries.

A common example is a patient who has an obsession about germs and cleanliness, and compensates by ritual hand washing or cleaning, or a patient who obsesses over their safety in their home, and will repeatedly check the locks on the house.

Obsessions can...