What is OCD?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, frequently abbreviated as OCD, is a mental disorder involving recurrent obsessions that drive certain compulsions. Obsessions can include intrusive thoughts or sensations, while compulsions can manifest as repetitive behaviors, although each individual will display slightly different symptoms.
It’s important to note that even those without OCD may display negative thoughts or repetitive behaviors. But for those with OCD, thoughts and behaviors are consistent and interfere with a person’s daily life. That’s why it’s essential to seek treatment if you are in the 2-3% of the adult population that suffers from OCD.
Is OCD related to other conditions (anxiety, Tourette’s, bipolar, etc.)?
The only condition experts believe relates closely to OCD is body dysmorphic disorder. All other related conditions, such as Tourette’s Syndrome and trichotillomania, are considered separate conditions. However, many people with OCD are comorbid with these and other ailments, meaning they are diagnosed with OCD as well as one or more conditions. In fact, over 90% of US adults with diagnosed OCD live with at least one other comorbid condition.