Obsessive-compulsive disorder, commonly abbreviated as OCD, is a common mental health illness characterized by obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are distressing, unwanted thoughts, mental images, or urges that can cause a great deal of anxiety and emotional anguish. Conversely, compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental rituals that a person feels compelled to do to “neutralize” their…

Though post-traumatic stress disorder first appeared as an official diagnosis in the DSM-III (around 1980), PTSD is actually a mental health disorder that dates back much farther into human history. References to what we now know as PTSD can be found in ancient literature and historical texts. Learning as much as you can about PTSD…

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