4 types of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) you need to know

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is a mental illness that is exhibited by repetitive unwanted or intrusive thoughts – the obsessions – often followed by an urge to do something repeatedly – the compulsions.

OCD often centres on themes such as a fear of germs or the need to arrange objects in a specific manner. Symptoms usually begin gradually and vary throughout life.

It is a very serious mental illness that causes a great deal of suffering to those who have it.

OCD patients appear to be particularly prone to renal damage and hyperlipidaemia, which may be related to their tendency to restrict fluids and eat erratically.

Further studies examining the physical status of less severely ill patients with OCD are indicated.

OCD can also affect intelligence. This happens because OCD directly affects the brain and changes the way your mind processes information.

Obsessive thoughts can lead to compulsions or repetitive actions that seem to temporarily ease the agony. Living with OCD can make you physically tired and emotionally overwhelmed.

Do you know there can be many different ways in which OCD manifests itself?

To help you get a better understanding of OCD, here are four different types of OCD and how they manifest.

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