Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that includes upsetting thoughts and a strong need to control these obsessions through repetitive behavior and rituals. Although researchers aren’t sure what causes OCD, it seems to run in families and there is some evidence that it is caused by damaged brain circuits. Treatment options include medicine and therapy, or both.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (MedlinePlus)
- For Kids: What Happens in OCD? (Nemours Foundation)
- For Parents: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? (Nemours Foundation)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD (National Institute of Mental Health)
Managing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can be a confusing experience for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers. To learn about the specific kinds of providers that might make up your health care team, as well as the services, programs, support groups, and organizations that can help you manage, visit the Managing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder page.
These sites allow patients to discuss their experiences with illnesses, treatments, and other health matters. Any information or opinions posted are those of the forum users themselves and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.
Mobile apps and tools can provide you with easy-to-use information and resources that can serve as one part of your overall strategy to become and stay healthy.
This app is a self-management tool that lets people with OCD set goals, check compulsions, and track progress. There are versions for both adults and children. iOS.
This article discusses several different mobile treatment options for people with OCD. Written by Dr. Bradley Riemann and hosted by the International OCD Foundation.
Resources selected by Ann Hallyburton, Hunter Library at Western Carolina University.
Last reviewed April 18, 2018