What Are Obsessions and Compulsions?
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages. OCD is characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to compulsive behaviors. Compulsions are behaviors an individual engages in to attempt to get rid of the obsessions and/or decrease his or her distress. Most people have obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive behaviors at some point in their lives, but that does not mean that they have OCD. In order to be diagnosed with OCD, it must interfere with one’s daily functioning.