Living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Imagine living with persistent, disturbing mental replay. Those who live with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) experience severe obsessions, compulsions or both. And they experience a severe need for reassurance, intense shame, and isolation. Fear or contamination, aggressive thoughts, and unrelenting scrupulosity are common to the condition. Perfectionism and the inability to relax have little to do with OCD. OCD is a disorder, not a choice. OCD can be alleviated through exposure forms of CBT as well as other types; medications that offer enough relief to pursue counseling; and mindfulness training which helps sufferers learn to be aware of and accept their feelings and responses, rather than hide from or fight them.

Read the full article here: Living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder | Psych Central