Obsessive thinking disorder, also known as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), is a common, ongoing thinking or behavior pattern that a person cannot control or feels an overwhelming urge to repeat over and over. These thoughts or behaviors can be debilitating and cause significant stress and anxiety. At Mind and Body, our therapists are here to help patients cope using psychotherapy, tools, and strategies shown to ease the challenges of OCD.
While everyone has negative thoughts or repetitive behaviors from time to time, you may have obsessive thinking disorder if these thoughts or compulsions disrupt your daily life. A diagnosis involves a behavior or obsession that consumes more than one hour a day, causes severe distress, and impairs social or work activities. In the United States, OCD affects more than 2% of the population.