Do I Have OCD? What Is OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Signs, Symptoms, & Causes | Sandra E. Cohen, PhD

OCD makes you feel out of control. Here’s how to stop it.

If you suspect you have OCD or “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,” then you’ve likely been dealing with OCD symptoms for some time. But what is OCD, and what causes OCD to happen?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is categorized, like its name suggests, by a series of obsessive thoughts and compulsions to complete certain behaviors or tasks. Leaving these behaviors undone — or doing them “wrong” — can lead to anxiety, stress, or overwhelm.

Oftentimes, people with OCD develop these specific needs for rituals due to trauma. There are various types of OCD, but the causes of OCD are frequently trauma-based, whether it comes from childhood or an early stress-event.

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People with OCD have “obsessions” or out of control thoughts, and compulsions, which are actions they feel like they must do.