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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages and walks of life [2]. It involves obsessions, compulsions, or both [5], which are recurring thoughts, urges, or mental images that cause anxiety [1] and the urge to do something repetitively [3]. People with OCD may have difficulty controlling their worries and behaviors related to these obsessions and compulsions. These can interfere with daily activities such as work, school, relationships, etc. Treatment typically includes medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) [4].

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by intrusive thoughts, images, or urges that cause anxiety and repetitive behaviors or rituals aimed at reducing the associated distress. Common obsessions include fear of contamination, need for symmetry or exactness, and unwanted aggressive or sexual thoughts. Common compulsions include hand washing, counting objects repeatedly, checking locks/appliances multiple times to ensure they are off/closed properly, and repeating words silently in one's head. Treatment typically involves cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and exposure response prevention (ERP).