The Psychology Disorder OCD

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People do have worries, superstitious beliefs and doubts, but that there are times when people can become so excessive and wash their hands for hours, or make sure everything is perfectly straight and neat over and over, or drive around to make sure an accident didn't happen. This happens when a person has a diagnosis of OCD. About one million kids and teens, both boys and girls, have OCD in the U.S.

"In OCD, it is as though the brain gets stuck on a particular thought or urge and just can't let go.(Ross)" The Obsessive-Compulsive disorder is considered a medical brain disorder because it causes problems in processing information. OCD interferes with the persons work, relationships or social life because it usually takes up more than an hour of the person day.

OCD means having obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are images or thoughts that happen over and over again. The person doesn't want to have these ideas or thoughts and they usually don't make any sense but it feels out of their control.

Someone might be obsessed about illness or injury or even dying. These obsessions never stop either because the brain keeps repeating them over and over again.

People preform compulsions by trying to make their obsessions go away. Compulsions are the acts that the person does over and over again. For example, someone with an obsession about being dirty or contaminated might wash their hands over and over again, or someone with an obsession about burning the house down might check if the stove is off repeatedly. Living with OCD can be very hard because compulsions take up a lot of time and energy, making it hard to finish homework, do chores, or have any fun.

Today more people understand OCD, and there is a better treatment for...