OCD, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, is a serious mental health problem, yet the term has become commonplace in daily jargon. It’s too easily tossed around by others when someone fusses with an arrangement of photos on a mantel or is a little too thorough with handwashing.
True OCD involves a specific and often extreme pattern of behavior—uncontrollable thoughts, urges and fears (the obsession part) that lead someone to go through repetitive behaviors or rituals (the compulsions). OCD can keep you from living the life you want. The good news is that OCD is treatable. Take this quiz to see what you know—and to learn more—about OCD…
If obsessions and compulsions are affecting your quality of life, see your doctor or a mental health professional.