OCD- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations, or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something.
Often the person will carry out the actions to relieve the extreme anxiety of these obsessions, but this only provides temporary relief.
OCD is shown to be more common than once thought.
Most people who develop the disease show symptoms by the age of 30.
There are several hypothesis about the cause of OCD but none have been confirmed. Some studies have looked at head injuries or infections, while others have looked at brain abnormalities.
Also 20% of people with OCD have ticks which could mean a link between OCD and Tourette's syndrome but it is unclear.
The symptoms of OCD are of the following:
Obsessions and/or compulsions that are not due to medical illness or drug use.
Obsessions and/or compulsions that cause major distress or interfere with everyday life.
The obsessions and compulsions span a wide range of possibilities.
Also the person is aware the obsessions and compulsions are unhealthy.