Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders

About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder that affects approximately 1 percent of the population. This disorder is characterized by unwanted and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) that provoke anxiety and interfere with functioning.  In response to these obsessions, an individual may develop certain behaviors (compulsions) that they feel compelled to do to lessen the anxiety caused by the obsessions. Symptoms may include:

OCD is generally treated with psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two.

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