Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, also known in its shortened form as OCD, is an anxiety-based mental disorder characterized by intrusive, obsessive thoughts. These can fall into several different categories, including compulsive habits, which are the most well-known manifestation of the disorder. These habits can include repetitive hand washing, throat-clearing, light switch flicking and door locking. However, there are other symptoms, such as obsessive thoughts.

  • Some of the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder are:
  • The need to have everything organized in a very particular way
  • Fear of dirt, germs or other contamination
  • Uncontrollable behaviours and thoughts
  • Brief feelings of relief once the daily repeated “rituals” are complete


An assessment must be completed by a trained therapist before treatments are decided upon. These can range from pharmacological therapies to behavioural and talk therapies. If you suspect that you or a loved one has obsessive-compulsive disorder, please call one of Insight Psychological’s Alberta offices.