Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often referred to as “the Doubting Disease.”

As with Tourette’s Syndrome, a lot of the most troubling or interfering symptoms associated with OCD are the hidden ones — the intrusive, repetitive, often disturbing thoughts called “obsessions,” although the ritualized behaviors (“compulsions”) that the person engages in may take up hours of their time every day or cause them significant distress. As you will learn, not all compulsions are observable: some are mental rituals.

Articles Available on This Site:

About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Leslie E. Packer, PhD, updated January 2009
Common obsessions and compulsions, symptoms, and lifespan course

When Unwanted Thoughts Take Over: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (pdf)
National Institutes of Health, 2007
Overview for patients

Awareness Exercise (pdf)
Leslie E. Packer, PhD, 2002
Try this quick exercise to increase your sensitivity and awareness

NIH Researchers Identify OCD Risk Gene
National Institutes of Health News Release, March 2006

Journal Highlights Effectiveness of Research Based Psychotherapies for Youth
National Institutes of Health News Release, April 2008

Treatment of OCD
Leslie E. Packer, PhD (updated January 2009)
Medication and nonmedication therapeutic approaches


Compulsiones y obsesiones más frecuentes (PDF)