Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects
    over 3 million Americans every year. It generally
    begins in mid-adolescence, but can begin as early
    as childhood.  Patients with OCD are extremely
    uncomfortable.  They know that their thoughts
    and actions are unreasonable, but they feel
    powerless to stop them.  Obsessions and
    compulsions are more than just ruminations and
    habits, they are true symptoms that can
    detrimentally affect one's life.  The symptoms
    can interfere with relationships, work, school,
    sleep, and general happiness.  The diagnosis of
    OCD can be challenging, as patients are
    sometimes quite embarrassed of their symptoms
    and do not wish to admit or explore them.  

The primary treatment for OCD is psychotherapy.  Discovering the
reasons behind the obsessions or compulsions can effectively
eliminate them in many patients.  Some patients need more
behaviorally-oriented treatment, teaching them alternatives to
the thoughts and actions and ways to avoid them.  In certain
patients, antidepressant, anti-anxiety, and other types of medication
can give significant relief of the symptoms, but psychotherapy is
generally essential to the long-term treatment of the problem.
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