Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (known more commonly as “OCD”) is an anxiety condition in which the affected person has constant, negative thoughts that cause him or her to develop odd or excessive behaviors to relieve the worry.
A person with OCD, for example, may be fixated on the idea of getting sick. He or she will frequently think about falling ill and feel unable to stop worrying about it. This may lead the person to start washing his or her hands twice as often as necessary. Sometimes a person with OCD will even start doing these strange “rituals” like excessive hand-washing a certain number of times believing it to be somehow protection against the fears being realized.
Many people find their OCD to be overwhelming and need to seek treatment from a licensed mental health worker. A psychiatrist might offer counseling services, or he or she may prescribe medication.
Scientists in psychology research are still working to improve the drugs available for people with OCD. Some great advancements have already been made in the past twenty years.
But how do these medicines affect people in the long-run? Is the OCD eventually cured, does it stay the same, or can it get worse?
Click on the link below to read about a study that examines the health of people who have been taking medication for OCD for years.