Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and OC Spectrum Disorders

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and OC Spectrum Disorders

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a neurobiological disorder which is characterized by obsessions, or unwanted and intrusive thoughts, as well as compulsions. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental rituals that are generally utilized to diminish the distress and anxiety associated with obsessions. Symptoms are significant enough that they interfere with daily functioning, relationships with others and life goals… read more

OC Spectrum Disorders share similar features of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders and are characterized by repetitive thoughts and behaviors.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Read Dr. Breytman’s article:
Skin Picking Phenomenology and Severity Comparison – download the PDF

BDD is considered an OC spectrum disorder because it shares some characteristics of OCD. The primary feature of BDD is an excessive concern about the appearance of a body part. This concern preoccupies an individual throughout the day and causes a great deal of emotional distress. As a consequence of this, an individual may avoid certain activities, particularly social situations. Daily routines and the ability to function is significantly impaired… read more

Hoarding

Often considered to be related to or a symptom of OCD, hoarding is defined by the excessive acquisition and saving of items that have little or no particular value. Additionally, hoarders have a great deal of difficulty discarding items that they have collected. When they do attempt to throw away belongings, they experience significant levels of distress… read more

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