While everyone feels anxious from time to time, treatment is indicated when anxiety begins to inhibit a person’s ability to function well in daily life. Problematic anxiety manifests in a variety of ways, including pervasive worry, social discomfort, avoidance of stressors, panic attacks, obsessive thinking, compulsive behaviors, and specific phobias.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder affects approximately 2.3% of the US population, outranking schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and panic disorder. Although the term “OCD” has become part of the vernacular, and many people may say they, or a loved one, are “a little OCD,” true Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder that ranges in severity from mild to debilitating. To meet criteria for OCD, a person must exhibit both obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors that either: cause marked distress, consume a significant amount of time each day, and/or impair daily functioning.