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Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental illness where it is characterized by repetitive, ritualistic behaviors. The individual who has an obsessive convulsive disorder or OCD feels that he has to check or perform a certain ritualistic behavior to make sure everything is fine. People who have OCD cannot control their actions or their thoughts. They have these activities they need to do in order for them to feel that everything is alright. Hand washing, counting of things, arranging things in a certain way, often from largest to smallest and color coding, and repeatedly checking doors to make sure its locked or closed are some of the most common activities people with OCD is doing. These behaviors occur to the extent of negatively affecting a person’s life.
The cause of OCD is unknown; however certain factors can contribute to the development of this mental disorder.

  • Genes or family history. If OCD runs in the family chances of developing one is high.
  • Child abuse – children and adults who were abused sometime in their life, may develop OCD
  • Infections – some infection can cause the development of getting OCD.

Individuals with OCD have obsessive thoughts and rituals. Here are some examples:


They are scared of getting disease-causing dirt.

A Need for Perfection

Some individuals with OCD have a strong need to be always perfect or right. Take, for example, a child or a teen cannot study nor do his/her homework unless they have made sure that their books and notes are in order or perfectly arranged.

Washing or Cleaning

This includes excessive hand washing to the point their hands become raw. Cleaning compulsions such as cleaning their bathrooms repeatedly, kitchen, laundry etc are a few of the examples.

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If you think you are suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).