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As a teen, what is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a condition that is really all about unwanted thoughts, obsessions, or compulsions that, if not acted upon, create acute anxiety. A person, for instance, has a problem functioning in life unless he or she follows certain rituals every day in the exact same way.

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