Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Information
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an illness that affects millions of American adults. It is characterized by the urgent need to engage in certain rituals (such as washing your hands over and over) or persistent, unwelcome thoughts and images. The course of the disease is variable; symptoms may come and go, they may ease over time, or they can grow progressively worse.
Treatment for this condition often involves a combination of medications and behavioral therapy. Depression or other anxiety disorders may accompany obsessive-compulsive disorder.
(For more information on this topic, including when symptoms typically first appear, click Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.)