What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by recurrent, senseless, and highly anxiety-provoking thoughts, images, or impulses (obsessions) that intrude into a person’s mind against his or her will. People who suffer from obsessions usually have some awareness that the thoughts are irrational, although they may be scary and seem bizarre. The obsessions may trigger a set of ritualized behaviors (compulsions) that the person feels driven to perform repeatedly in order to feel less anxious. Some of the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder include: fear of doing harm, fear of germs or illness, repeated checking or washing/cleaning, and repetitive, time-consuming "rituals."

Currently, we are not conducting any obsessive-compulsive disorder studies.