Irrational Fears and OCD

 

According to the Mayo Clinic Website “Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). It’s also possible to have only obsessions or only compulsions and still have OCD.

With OCD, you may or may not realize that your obsessions aren’t reasonable, and you may try to ignore them or stop them. But that only increases your distress and anxiety. Ultimately, you feel driven to perform compulsive acts in an effort to ease your stressful feelings.

OCD often centers around themes, such as a fear of getting contaminated by germs. To ease your contamination fears, you may compulsively wash your hands until they’re sore and chapped. Despite efforts to ignore or get rid of bothersome thoughts, the thoughts or urges keep coming back. This leads to more ritualistic behavior — and a vicious cycle that’s characteristic of OCD”.

There is hope for individuals living with OCD. Therapy and medication have been proven very helpful in learning to effectively manage and control OCD symptoms. If you or someone you know suffers from OCD, please talk to an OCD specialist in your area.

 

Segment 1 OCD Instilling Irrational Fears in Children

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Segment 2 New OCD Finding that Could Change Future Diagnosis and Treatment

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Segment 3 Children Face What They Fear Most

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Segment 4 Breaking Away From OCD

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Segment 5: The Final Hurdles: Children Have Big OCD Breakthroughs

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About Nafisa Sekandari 33 Articles
Dr. Sekandari is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with families and children of all ages. She is currently licensed in California and Arizona. For more info. please visit www.drsekandari.com

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