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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition affecting an estimated 2% to 3% of the population that can cause debilitating interference with daily functioning. There seems to be evidence of genetic, hereditary factors as well as a variety of environmental factors that may be working in concert in the expression of the condition. OCD consists of obsessions, which are intrusive thoughts, urges, and images that can cause extreme feelings of distress because they are experienced as unwanted and contrary to the person’s true wishes or values. The person with OCD attempts to actively suppress the thoughts, urges, and images or to neutralize them or the resulting distress with another thought or action, often with little or fleeting success. When the person’s attempt at stopping ...

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