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Obsessive-compulsive disorder is when you experience uncontrolled obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors.

Obsessive thoughts can include:

  • Having fears of losing control and harming yourself or others
  • Having fears that something bad might happen if things aren’t in order
  • Having worries about harm coming to yourself of others
  • Having disturbing images or thoughts
  • Having violent thoughts
  • Having fears of losing or not having things you might need

Compulsive behaviors are repetitive activities a person may do to reduce the anxiety caused by obsessive thoughts. They can include: 

  • Repeatedly checking things such as locks, appliances, and switches
  • Excessive washing or cleaning
  • Repeated counting or doing other senseless things to reduce anxiety
  • Accumulating “junk” such as old newspapers or empty food containers

What can I do to manage Obsessive-compulsive disorder?

You can do the following to help you manage the obsessive-compulsive disorder

  • Learn and read about obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Stay away from drugs and alcohol
  • Replace anxious thoughts with positive ones
  • Learn how to relax
  • Eat healthily and exercise
  • Identify your triggers and try avoiding them
  • Talk to a trusted friend, adult, or family 
  • Seek help from a professional counselor 
  • Do something fun or nice for yourself
  • Spend time with people who make you feel safe and good about yourself
  • Get enough sleep
  • Avoid alcohol and drug abuse 
  • Don’t blame yourself 

If you're worried about your obsessive-compulsive disorder, it's important to seek help as soon as possible. 

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