Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, more commonly referred to as OCD, is often depicted in movies and TV shows. When people think of OCD, what usually comes to mind are people who have obsessive cleaning rituals or strange obsessions with numbers and counting.
When you look closer, though, obsessive compulsive disorder is a very complex mental illness that has many layers to it. People who suffer from it usually suffer from either obsessions, compulsions, or a combination of the two.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a potentially disabling illness where a person is trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of repetitive thoughts and compulsive activity. In the United States, OCD affects approximately 4.3 million including children and adolescents. Unlike other anxiety conditions such panic disorder, the ratio of men to women affected by OCD is almost equal.