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What Happened When I Reached Out for Help With OCD

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The mention of this condition is, in my experience, often met with an assumption the afflicted is plagued with physical compulsions such as excessive handwashing, checking or ordering of items.

However, the obsessive element of OCD is often just as devastating — repetitive and unwanted thoughts plague the individual, causing profound distress and confusion.

If the onset of OCD occurs later in life, as it did in my case, this confusion is magnified as the person grapples with thoughts like: “Am I going ‘crazy?’” “Do these thoughts mean I really want to carry out these actions?” The importance of intervention through a mental health professional to combat OCD is crucial to give the person an opportunity

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