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Take Control of Your Anxiety by Laurie-Ann O'Connor, Harold Shinitzky, Chris Cortman

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8 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

There are more things, Lucilius, that frightenus than injure us, and we suffer more inimagination than in reality.

—Seneca

I know you are well aware of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). You describe Uncle Bernie as “So OCD, he makes everyone crazy.” You may even apologize to people by saying, “Don’t mind me I’ve been a little OCD since all of my coworkers got sick with the flu last week.”

And what do you mean when you say “OCD”? A little rigid, detailed, precautious, controlling, or lacking in spontaneity? It’s true, those are characteristics of an obsessive-compulsive personality type, but let me introduce you to the disorder known as OCD.

Obsessions

There are two branches of OCD that the astute reader ...

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