Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Common Name(s)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a lifelong condition where unreasonable thoughts and fears, or obsessions, lead a person to do repetitive behaviors, or compulsions. A person with OCD may or may not realize that their obsessions are unreasonable. A primary symptom of OCD is the presence of obsessions, which are repeated, persistent and unwanted urges that cause distress or anxiety. OCD obsessions often center on themes, such as fear of contamination, having things orderly/symmetric, or thoughts regarding harming oneself or others. Another symptom is the presence of compulsions, which are repetitive behavior that a person with OCD feels like they have to perform. Completing these repetitive behaviors are meant to prevent or reduce anxiety and prevent something bad from happening. Compulsions also follow themes like washing and cleaning, counting, checking, demanding reassurances and following a routine. Usually OCD is made up of both obsessions and compulsions, but it’s possible to only experience one. The general criteria to diagnose OCD is the person has obsessions and/or compulsions and these obsessions/compulsions are time-consuming and interfere with daily life. OCD has no cure, but symptoms can be controlled using exposure therapy and medication.

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International OCD Foundation

Founded by a group of people with OCD in 1986, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is an international not-for-profit organization made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others. The mission and goals of the IOCDF are to: Educate the public and professionals about OCD in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided; Support research into the cause of, and effective treatments for, OCD and related disorders; Improve access to resources for those with OCD and their fam

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2013

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI, NAMI State Organizations and hundreds of local NAMI Affiliates advocate for access to services, treatment, supports and research and are committed to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

Last Updated: 6 Apr 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder" for support, advocacy or research.

International OCD Foundation

Founded by a group of people with OCD in 1986, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is an international not-for-profit organization made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others. The mission and goals of the IOCDF are to: Educate the public and professionals about OCD in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided; Support research into the cause of, and effective treatments for, OCD and related disorders; Improve access to resources for those with OCD and their fam

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Last Updated: 19 Feb 2013

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI, NAMI State Organizations and hundreds of local NAMI Affiliates advocate for access to services, treatment, supports and research and are committed to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

http://www.nami.org

Last Updated: 6 Apr 2015

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder" returned 762 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Dimensional Approach to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Dimensional Obsessive-Compulsive Scale with Turkish Psychometric Properties].
 

Author(s): Yasir Şafak, Derya Say Öcal, Kadir Özdel, Erkan Kuru, Sibel Örsel

Journal: Turk Psikiyatri Derg. 2018 ;29(2):122-130.

 

The Dimensional Obsessive Compulsive Scale (DOCS) is a measurement tool that examines the severity of thematically distinct symptom domains of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). In this study we assess psychometric properties of the Turkish version of DOCS.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Exposure and Response Prevention for Comorbid Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Psychogenic Movement Disorder.
 

Author(s): Daniel F Gros, Nicholas P Allan, W Blake Haren

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Psychogenic movement disorders (PMDs) are common, associated with significant psychosocial impairments, and frequently comorbid with other physical and psychiatric conditions. However, treatment of PMDs has been largely unsuccessful. Recently, treatments focused on conditions comorbid ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Gambling disorder and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder: A frequent but understudied comorbidity.
 

Author(s): Gustavo C Medeiros, Jon E Grant

Journal: J Behav Addict. 2018 Jun;7(2):366-374.

 

Background and aims Epidemiological data have suggested that the prevalence of co-occurring personality disorders is particularly high in people with gambling disorder (GD). Among the personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) appears to be the most common ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder" returned 141 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Protocol for a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Lithium, Anticonvulsive or atypical antipsychotic Drugs for Treatment of Refractory Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
 

Author(s): R Soleimani, M M Jalali, A Keshtkar, S M Jalali

Journal: J Med Life. ;10(4):208-215.

 

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a neuropsychiatric disorder that causes significant distress to the afflicted individual. About half of OCD patients treated with an adequate trial of serotonin reuptake inhibitors fail to fully respond to treatment and continue to exhibit significant ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
 

Author(s): Valentina Postorino, Connor M Kerns, Giacomo Vivanti, Jessica Bradshaw, Martina Siracusano, Luigi Mazzone

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This review aims to synthesize the most recent research on anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and discuss the relationship between these conditions and challenges for assessment. Furthermore, implications for ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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[Transcranial magnetic stimulation in obsessive compulsive disorder: a systematic review].
 

Author(s): A M Euser, A F Stapert, M Oosterhoff, I D C van Balkom, M Figee

Journal: Tijdschr Psychiatr. ;59(10):617-625.

 

Ten per cent of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (ocd) are resistant to treatment. For these patients, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rtms) may be an alternative form of treatment.
AIM: To clarify the effect and clinical application of rtms for treatment-resistant ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Pharmaco(Epi)Genetic Study of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

 

Last Updated: 5 Sep 2018

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Deep Brain Stimulation of the Bilateral Habenula for Treatment-Refractory Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

 

Last Updated: 27 Mar 2018

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Tolcapone in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

 

Last Updated: 27 Jun 2018

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