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Approximately 3.3 million American adults have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), an illness that is characterized by:
  • Recurrent, unwanted thoughts
  • Repetitive behaviors (compulsions) that cannot be controlled, such as counting or washing your hands over and over.
It's not uncommon for a person with OCD to be obsessed with germs or dirt, or to feel the need to check things repeatedly. Symptoms of this illness usually first appear in childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood. Depression or other anxiety disorders may accompany the condition. In many cases, treatment will involve a combination of behavioral therapy and medications, specifically antidepressants.
(Click OCD for more information about this condition, including the latest research, possible causes, and more.)
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