Resources: Anxiety and OCD

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Anxiety is the experience of a sense/feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease. It can show up in the form of distressing thoughts (e.g. overthinking, difficulty concentrating, etc.); emotions (e.g. feeling irritable, worried, afraid, etc.); and/or physical sensations (e.g. chest tightness, muscle tension, frequent bathroom use, etc.)

OCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, is among the top 10 most debilitating conditions in the world; and is primarily centered around two symptoms: Obsessions, or ongoing and unwanted intrusive thoughts, feelings, images, and/or urges that cause intense fear, anxiety, disgust, doubt, or shame; and Compulsions, or repetitive or ritualistic behaviors that are aimed at relieving the feelings brought up by the obsessions.

The key difference between anxiety and OCD, is that intrusive thoughts are ego-dystonic, meaning that the thoughts and compulsions experienced or expressed are not consistent with the individual's self-perception, meaning the person realizes the obsessions are unreasonable and are often distressed by their obsessions.

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