Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder which can cause significant distress and frustration. Children, adolescents and adults can find themselves struggling with OCD. Feeling the constant sense of fear and worry that characterizes OCD is tiring and overwhelming. Attempting to relieve these emotions through ritualistic actions (counting, checking and re-checking that something is done) provides a short-term solution. However, OCD usually requires some form of professional treatment in order to be manageable. Treatment options for OCD usually include drug therapy and/or talk therapy.
Because people who have OCD are highly anxious, it is thought that video games may exacerbate their condition. Video games (especially the more violent ones) have also been criticized for being harmful to people with other mental health conditions like depression.
It is possible that playing video games can heighten anxiety or trigger a panic attack in someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder. However, not everyone believes this to be true.
In a short blog post by a writer with OCD, the benefits and disadvantages of playing video games as a highly anxious person are discussed. The writer reflects on his own experience with OCD and how playing video games regularly has affected him and his condition.