Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Person in hoodie hiding face with their hands using self-harm as a coping mechanism

Suffering Silently: Using Self-Injury as a Coping Mechanism

OCD and self-harm often go hand in hand, as people may have obsessive thoughts that lead to behaviors like cutting or burning. People with OCD may also feel shame or guilt about their intrusive thoughts, leading to self-harm as a way of punishing themselves. Unfortunately, this can create a negative cycle of distress and may …

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Understanding Compulsive Self-Mutilation

Skin picking, nail-biting, hair-pulling—it’s not uncommon to occasionally fuss with your hair or pick at an annoying scab. For some people, however, that fussing turns into a compulsive behavior that is both destructive and embarrassing. From constantly biting one’s nails to cutting one’s skin when strong emotions hit, these repetitive behaviors often have a serious …

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Is Hoarding a Mental Illness?

Many people hang on to treasures and memorabilia or have collections of valuable or interesting items. Generally, this is no cause for concern. However, some individuals obsessively collect things to the point where their homes become severely cluttered, which may compromise health and safety. Is hoarding a mental illness? The answer to that question is …

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Women

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health concern that can have a debilitating effect on everyday life. OCD can interfere with work, relationships, and personal life and create an unwanted and unhealthy cycle of stress. OCD is experienced by both men and women at about the same rate, although there are some differences in the …

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Complications in Diagnosing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental condition that produces a combination of mental obsessions and compulsive behaviors. Sometimes, mental health professionals have a fairly easy time diagnosing the condition’s presence in their patients.  However, certain factors can complicate an OCD diagnosis and create a much more complex picture for doctors. In some cases, affected individuals …

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