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 non-typical brain circuits. Treatment options include medicine and therapy, or both. For financial assistance with managing your condition, see our page on Free & Discounted Services.
- 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 (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 give you easy-to-use information and resources that can help you get and stay healthy. For tips on choosing apps, see How to Choose a Good Health App by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
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 resource from the International OCD Foundation lists mobile apps for OCD management. Most apps include reviews by International OCD Foundation partner PsyberGuide.
Resources selected by Ann Hallyburton, Hunter Library at Western Carolina University.
Last reviewed March 30, 2021