OCD and Depression
If you have OCD, you probably know that you are at a greater risk for developing other forms of mental illness. One of the most common mental illnesses to occur with OCD is major depressive disorder. Let’s have a closer look at the relationship between OCD and depression and the impact of symptoms of depression on the treatment of OCD symptoms.
OCD and Comorbid Anxiety Disorders
It is not uncommon for OCD to occur with other anxiety disorders such as panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder. What other anxiety disorders have you been diagnosed with?
Tourette’s syndrome is named after French neurologist Georges Gilles de la Tourette who first described this disorder in 1885. This childhood-onset movement disorder is often associated with OCD, ADHD and other behavioral problems.
OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder
OCD has symptoms that often resemble other forms of mental illness. One of these illnesses is body dysmorphic disorder, a form of mental illness in which the person is obsessed and/or preoccupied with an imagined defect or only slight anomaly or in their appearance.
Telling the Difference Between OCD and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
OCD and obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) have been a source of considerable confusion and controversy for researchers, health-care providers and patients. Despite having similar names and in some cases, symptoms, OCD and OCPD have distinct characteristics that allow them to be differentiated from one another. Discover what is the difference between OCD and obsessive compulsive personality disorder.
Anxiety disorders are prolonged exaggerations of our normal and adaptive reaction to fearful or stressful events.
Unfortunately, the severity of OCD symptoms and the stigma that accompany mental illness can leave many people feeling depressed and hopeless over their situation. Read more about depression and how to cope with it with About.com's Guide to Depression.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
The symptoms of OCD can sometimes resemble that of generalized anxiety disorder. Learn more about this common condition with About.com's Guide to GAD.
Panic Disorder is another type of anxiety disorder that can sometimes accompany OCD. Learn more about Panic disorder with About.com Guide's to Panic Disorder.
Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. Although it appears similar to OCD, there are important differences.
OCD and Schizophrenia
OCD and schizophrenia co-occur with one another at a higher rate than would be expected in the general population. It has been estimated that approximately 15% of people with OCD also have schizophrenia. Learn more about OCD and schizophrenia.
OCD and Bipolar Disorder
Clinical research suggests that OCD and bipolar disorder co-occur with each other at a higher rate than would be expected by chance. Importantly, the comorbidity between OCD and bipolar disorder can affect symptoms and treatment. Learn more about the association between OCD and bipolar disorder.
OCD and Related Disorders
If you have OCD, you probably know that there are a number of related disorders. People with OCD seem to be at greater risk for developing other kinds of related disorders. Importantly, the presence of another mental illness can affect both OCD symptoms and treatment. Let's explore more about OCD and related disorders.
Being a Pack Rat May Be a Sign of Hoarding
Many people describe themselves as a "pack rat" -- that is, someone who enjoys collecting items and does not like to throw things away. Although many self-confessed pack rats lead normal lives, acquiring and failing to throw out a large number of items that would appear to have little or no value to others could be a sign of compulsive hoarding, a behavior often associated with OCD. Let's explore when being a pack rat may be a sign of hoarding.
What is Compulsive Shopping Disorder?
Although it's not officially described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), it has been suggested that compulsive shopping disorder is a type of impulse control disorder.
What is Hoarding?
Pathological or compulsive hoarding is a specific type of behavior characterized by acquiring and failing to throw out a large number of items that would appear to have little or no value to others, severe cluttering of the person's home so that it is no longer able to function as a viable living space and significant distress or impairment of...
OCD and Epilepsy
There is a long standing association between epilepsy and various forms of mental illness. Although numbers vary from study to study, research suggests that between 10% and 20% of people with temporal lobe epilepsy have OCD; this is a rate that is much higher than what would be expected in the general population.