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OCD Helpguide: Columbia University Pediatric Anxiety and Mood Research Clinic offers free screens for OCD. They can be reached in the United States at 646-774-5793.

What is OCD? Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder where people feel the need to check things repeatedly, have certain recurring unwanted thoughts (obsessions), or repetitive behaviour. Some examples are hand washing and checking doors to see if they are locked.

A typical OCD cycle goes something like this: Obsession (is the door locked?) ⇒ Anxiety (I’m worried the door isn’t locked) ⇒ Compulsion (checking the door to make sure it’s locked) ⇒ Relief (the door is locked) ⇒ Obsession (maybe the door isn’t properly locked)

OCD activities can take up more than one hour per behaviour. Checking the door for an hour to make sure it’s locked may sound silly to you. But to an OCD person the anxiety associated with the possibility of an unlocked door makes NOT checking the door unbearable. The person realizes the behaviour doesn’t make sense and is unhappy with the obsession. OCD has an increased risk of suicide.

Treatment of OCD includes behavioural therapy, cognitive therapy, and medications. OCD is not preventable, but it is treatable. OCD occurs in adults and children. Men and women are affected in equal numbers, so OCD isn’t gender related.

Columbia University Pediatric Anxiety and Mood Research Clinic offers free screening for suspected OCD. They have a clinic for adults and children. For more information, visit the links below:

Pediatric Anxiety and Mood Research Clinic



Center for OCD and Related Disorders


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