Health Tip: Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

It can be controlled with medication

(HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in 50 American adults has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

OCD is characterized by an unusually high level of concern or anxiety about a particular subject. It's believed to be caused by a brain abnormality that affects the way information is processed.

OCD can affect people of all ages, and studies have found a genetic link to the disorder. People with OCD may obsess about things like cleanliness, or be convinced of an accident or harm to a friend or family member.

According to the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, an antidepressant is typically used to treat OCD. Your doctor may also recommend behavioral therapy or counseling to help treat the disorder and minimize symptoms.

Diana Kohnle

Diana Kohnle

Published on April 17, 2006

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