ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

'Normal' often serious for those with obsessive compulsive disorder

Admit it. A couple of minutes into your commute, you've questioned whether the stove is off, the door is locked or the sink faucet is on.

"Those are all perfectly normal behaviors," said Nancy Ryba Panza, an associate professor of psychology at Cal State Fullerton.

However, these "normal behaviors" could become a serious problem for those diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD.

OCD is "a mental health disorder that is mainly defined by the presence of obsessions and compulsions," Panza said.

Otherwise normal behavior becomes abnormal when the individual becomes so fixated on a certain ritual, fear or thought that it begins to have an effect on their day-to-day lives, Panza said. Continue reading.

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