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What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners?

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners?

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners: Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a behavioural disorder involving obsessive thoughts and compulsive acts. Washers and cleaners represent one form of manifestation of OCD and involves obsessive thoughts and compulsions about contamination of any form - germs, bacteria, viruses, dirt etc. Sufferers feel compelled to safeguard themselves and their surroundings from contamination but repeatedly washing their hands and cleaning surfaces, their clothes and other objects in their environment.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners: Introduction

Types of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners:

Broader types of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners:

How serious is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners?

Prognosis of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners: Symptoms tend to develop gradually unless they are triggered by a stressful event and patients tend not to acknowledge their symptoms until they become more severe which leads to delayed treatment and a greater establishment of the obsessive-compulsive behaviors in the person's daily routine. Treatment can lead to a good prognosis though treatment is often required on a life-long basis. Complete recovery to the point of no longer requiring treatment is considered uncommon. A percentage of people (10-20% in some reports) fail to respond to regular, noninvasive treatment and require hospitalization and more drastic treatment measures such as surgery. Well over half of patients (up to 80% in some reports) with OCD develop depression. Roughly 10% develop other related conditions such as trichotillomania, anorexia nervosa, bulimia and Tourette's syndrome.
Complications of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners: see complications of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners

What causes Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners?

Causes of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners: see causes of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners

What are the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners?

Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners: see symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners

Complications of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners: see complications of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners

Onset of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners: Males tend to have an earlier onset than females: roughly 6-15 years of age in males and roughly 20-30 years of age in females.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners: see treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners

Name and Aliases of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners

Main name of condition: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners

Other names or spellings for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners:

OCD [Washers and Cleaners], Contamination Obsession with Washing or Cleaning Compulsions

 

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