OCD Really is an Obsession

We all know somebody who obsessively checks things three or four times, and sometimes we may even remark that their OCD is kicking in, without even giving it a real thought they might actually have the anxiety disorder known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It’s simply an all too common expression. The truth is, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder affects over 2% of adults in the United States, or roughly 1 in 40 people over the age of 18, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). For children, the number is about half that. What’s really alarming is OCD comes in as the third most debilitating mental health disorder, behind Bipolar Disorder and Drug Dependence. The disorder can consume significant amounts of time each day to obsessions or compulsions, and creates a stressful environment that interferes with normal daily life at work and home. What are the Most Common OCD Fears and Urges? Germs Numbers Need for perfection Illness or death Throwing things away Orderliness Uncertainty Postpartum OCD frequently occurs with new mothers caring for, and obsessing over their newborn babies and often combines with depression. It’s estimated that nearly 3% of mothers will experience these disorders. Postpartum OCD presents itself as extreme fear of germs and that something bad will happen to the baby. This usually leads to obsessively washing clothes, baby dishes, and steering clear of other people...

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