How to Diagnose OCD

Friday, 03 Jun 2011 12:27 PM

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OCD symptoms are usually associated with a condition of debilitating and disabling anxiety. It’s not easy to diagnose OCD and determine what causes OCD, as this condition does not have many clear-cut signs and symptoms.

Obsessions and tell-tale OCD symptoms alone characterize this condition and help doctors diagnose it. OCD in children is characterized by an unexplained fear of germs and contamination, and children tend to wash their hands repeatedly.

In adults, OCD manifests in the form of repetitive and unwanted thoughts, and the obsession eventually becomes a thought pattern that is very tough to get rid of. These thoughts can be in the form of words or images and cause anxiety as well as distress.

The question “Do I have OCD?” can be easily answered if you think you are someone who is in the habit of thinking excessively about one thing all the time. You neither have any power nor any control to neutralize these images and thoughts.

OCD symptoms include uncontrolled checking of things, excessively monitoring things, repeating the same words silently, excessive cleanliness, an innate fear of diseases, injury, and illness, and repetitive, continuous body movements.

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How to Help a Child With OCD

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