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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is represented by a diverse group of symptoms that include intrusive thoughts, rituals, preoccupations, and compulsions. A person with OCD may have an obsession, a compulsion, or both. An obsession is a recurrent and intrusive thought, feeling, idea, or sensation whereas a compulsion is a behaviour which is conscious, standardized, recurrent, such as counting, checking, or avoiding. A person with OCD realizes the irrationality of the obsession and experiences both the obsession and the compulsion as unwanted behaviour.


Symptoms may come and go, ease over time, or worsen. People with OCD may try to help themselves by avoiding situations that trigger their obsessions, or they may use alcohol or drugs to calm themselves. Although most adults with OCD recognize that what they are doing doesn’t make sense, some adults and most children may not realize that their behavior is out of the ordinary. Parents or teachers typically recognize OCD symptoms in children.OCD is a common disorder that affects adults, adolescents, and children all over the world. Most people are diagnosed by about age 19, typically with an earlier age of onset in boys than in girls, but onset after age 35 does happen.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Treatments and Therapies

OCD is typically treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. Although most patients with OCD respond to treatment, some patients continue to experience symptoms. Nirvan Hospital – Centre of excellence in Behavioural and Addiction Medicine has a well versed team of Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Counsellors and support staff etc who are expert in management of Obsessive Compulsive disorder.