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Spreading awareness for OCD Awareness Week

Oct. 9-15 was Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Awareness Week, and my office hosted an event in the State House to spread awareness.

I wanted to write about OCD this month because the severity of the condition was brought to my attention through the event, and I hope to get the word out. Real Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a serious mental illness affecting about one in four adults and one in 100 children in the United States.

OCD is a disease that is regularly discussed, but very few people are actually aware of how serious it is. People may reference OCD as an illness someone has because of their love for organization. While color coding one’s towels may be a sign of some obsessive compulsive tendencies, real Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is far more life altering. Anxious thoughts and routines can become so invasive that self-care, education, friendships, relationships, and daily living are severely affected.

In addition, there are serious mental health disorders that fall under the obsessive compulsive umbrella, such as hoarding, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB) like Trichotillomania (hair pulling) and skin picking. Each illness falling under Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is anxiety-driven. Treatment is typically through therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy and medication.