Depression & Mental Health

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common behavioral disorder that typically is chronic (long-lasting, often throughout life). It is characterized by the presence of recurring, uncontrollable thoughts (obsessions) and urges to perform a particular behavior that you feel you must repeat over and over (compulsions). The obsessions and compulsions are what psychologists and psychiatrists call ego-dystonic, or ego alien. This means that the person experiencing them knows that they are not normal, in contrast with a person who has unusual thoughts and compulsions that are part of a psychotic disorder, in which the person believes that such things are normal.


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