obsessive-compulsive disorder

noun

Definition of obsessive-compulsive disorder

: an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent obsessions or compulsions or both that cause significant distress, are time-consuming or interfere with normal daily functioning, and are recognized by the individual affected as excessive or unreasonable abbreviation OCD

Examples of obsessive-compulsive disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Neither the antidepressant fluvoxamine, often used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, nor the gout drug colchicine, was shown to provide benefit to COVID-19 patients. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 16 July 2022 Psilocybin, which the intestines convert into psilocin, a chemical with psychoactive properties, is also showing promise in combating cluster headaches, anxiety, anorexia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and various forms of substance abuse. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 11 June 2022 Smith and his brothers have dealt with obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Apr. 2022 Generational trauma does increase the risk for PTSD, as well as anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobia, said Dr. Gayani DeSilva, a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Southern California. NBC News, 26 Mar. 2022 Growing up in Fremont, Calif., Ali was a chubby, comic book-loving boy with severe allergies, obsessive-compulsive disorder and a Harry Potter-ish scar on his forehead from when he was hit by a motorcyclist. Jean Guerrero Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2022 Her 15-year-old daughter, Jean, is a talented gymnast diagnosed with high-functioning autism as well as anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Carey Goldberg, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 Dell lives with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and like many people in the United States, the Covid-19 pandemic has posed huge challenges for her. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 14 Apr. 2022 Fluvoxamine was proposed as a possible antiviral in 2021 due to its mechanisms of action for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 19 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of obsessive-compulsive disorder

1941, in the meaning defined above

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obsessive-compulsive disorder

noun
variants: also obsessive-compulsive neurosis or obsessive-compulsive reaction

Medical Definition of obsessive-compulsive disorder

: an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent obsessions or compulsions or both that cause significant distress, are time-consuming or interfere with normal daily functioning, and are recognized by the individual affected as excessive or unreasonable Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a chronic illness characterized by recurrent intrusive and disabling thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive stereotypical behavior (compulsions) that a person feels driven to perform.— Robert Michels and Peter M. Marzuk, The New England Journal of Medicine abbreviation OCD

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