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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder is characterized by painful, persistent, intrusive thoughts which the individual cannot ignore. A necessary component of this disorder is that these urges or compulsions require a certain amount of time each day to be fulfilled. The DSM IV lists a time requirement of more than one hour each day.

The performance of certain ritualistic activities would not constitute OCD unless it interfered with a person's normal functioning

It has been shown that certain religious practices may influence a person's compulsions.

In some children this condition can result from streptococcal infections, generally occurring before puberty and may include marked hyperactivity with an abrupt onset of symptoms.

In childhood onset occurrence is more common in boys than in girls

In adults, this disorder is equal among males and females.

Many others may suffer from an avoidance of situations to prevent the obsessive thoughts, this may become frequent and interfere with general functioning. For instance, certain words, or prayers must be repeated in order to avoid the painful emotions which the person feels, and no logical connection exists between the performance of these acts and the emotions they seek to eliminate or prevent(e.g. washing of hands to prevent feelings of grief for a loved one).

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