Association of Psychology Dispelling OCD Misconceptions

The Association of Psychology in Newfoundland and Labrador is dispelling some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

OCD is an anxiety disorder that can affect a person to varying degrees over the course of their life.

Dr. Janine Hubbard says OCD can often flare up at times of great stress and can manifest in one of two ways; either through obsessive, intrusive thoughts, or through compulsions or rituals that are irrational yet, necessary to help reduce stress.

It could manifest in repeated handwashing for instance says Hubbard, but it could also result in having to do something in a certain sequence or in a certain way, or else “something bad will happen.”