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When obsessive compulsive disorder is mentioned, most people think of constant hand washing or obsessively checking to see if doors are locked. However, OCD can take the form of involuntary thoughts, impulses or images. Some people are worried about acting on violent thoughts or impulses; others fear they may harm other people including loved ones. Yet other people may suffer form compulsive sexual or blasphemous thoughts. Many people also constantly think about harming children. These unreasonable thoughts are unwanted but occur frequently and persistently and can be very difficult to get rid of. Many sufferers are ashamed and embarrassed about their condition but more awareness of the condition and its forms encourages people to seek help. Cognitive therapy and medication such as antidepressants are the most common treatments.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Hendon and Finchley Times
About: Some OCD symptoms not as recognized as others
Date: 2 December 2004
Source: Hendon and Finchley Times
Author: Peter Stebbings
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