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I call my OCD Olivia

Catherine Benfield wasn’t diagnosed with OCD until she was 31, after she had her first child, though it would appear she’s had it all her life. She recovered with the help of therapy – and by creating a character who personifies her obsessive-compulsive behaviour. “She’s got the big ears, because she’s like a startled hare, …

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Intrusive Thoughts: Why We Have Them and How to Stop Them

What are intrusive thoughts? Intrusive thoughts are thoughts that seem to become stuck in your mind. They can cause distress, since the nature of the thought might be upsetting. They may also reoccur frequently, which can make the concern worse. Intrusive thoughts may be violent or disturbing. They may be thoughts of a sexual nature, including …

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Understanding the Difference Between Obsessions and Compulsions

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) involves persistent, unwanted obsessions and compulsions. With OCD, obsessive thoughts usually trigger compulsive actions meant to help dispel the thoughts and reduce distress. But this usually only provides short-term relief and doesn’t make the obsession go away. Obsessions and compulsions can become a cycle that’s difficult to stop. The time you spend on …

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Are There Types of OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that involves: Obsessions. These symptoms involve unwanted thoughts or ideas that disrupt your life and make it hard for you to focus on other things. Compulsions. These symptoms involve things you feel you have to do in a specific way in response to the obsessions. OCD can present in different …

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Everything You Want to Know About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Overview Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental health condition characterized by obsessions which lead to compulsive behaviors. People often double check to make sure they’ve locked the front door or always wear their lucky socks on game days — simple rituals or habits that make them feel more secure. OCD goes beyond double checking …

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Do You Have Relationship OCD?

Obsessive compulsive disorder can cause people to constantly question if their partner is good enough or if they’re “the one.” Everyone has doubts about their relationship from time to time. But usually they’re fleeting thoughts, not prominent enough to take seriously. However, for people with relationship obsessive compulsive disorder (ROCD), their doubts and fears blur …

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