About OCD

OCD is a chronic condition that involves a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are intrusive, unwanted thoughts, images, or urges that cause significant anxiety or distress. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that individuals engage in to alleviate the distress caused by obsessions.

While these compulsions may provide temporary relief, they are not connected to the actual events they aim to prevent or neutralize. Individuals with OCD often recognize that their obsessions and compulsions are irrational but struggle to control or resist them.

Research suggests that imbalances in certain neurotransmitters, particularly serotonin, as well as genetic factors may play a role in the formation of OCD. Additionally, life stressors, such as trauma, major life transitions, or chronic stress, can trigger OCD symptoms.