Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 14, 2011
Millions suffer in silence, hiding their sometimes embarrassing symptoms, not knowing that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a medical problem and that effective treatment is available. A potentially debilitating neurobiological disorder, OCD inflicts relentless, disturbing fears and repetitive rituals – such as washing, checking and tapping – on six to nine million men, women, and children in the United States. Similar rates are found in other countries as well. Fortunately, Spanish speaking OCD sufferers can now access free, downloadable guides that explain the disorder and treatment (English versions also available). Consumers will find the guides on OCD Chicago’s two comprehensive web sites, http://www.ocdchicago.org and http://www.ocdeducationstation.org - click “OCD Guides.” Four versions are available for adults, parents, college students and teens.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is the fourth most common psychiatric diagnosis behind phobias, substance abuse and major depression. It affects one in 40 adults and one in 100 school-aged children. The World Health Organization ranks OCD among the 10 leading causes of disability worldwide.
With appropriate treatment, however, relief from OCD may be only weeks or months away. OCD responds well to a special kind of treatment known as “cognitive behavior therapy.” Sometimes this therapy is used in combination with medications that can decrease the urgency of obsessions and compulsions. With proper treatment, people with OCD can learn to manage the disorder and live happy, productive lives, free from the agonizing fears and rituals that drain their energy, time and peace of mind.
OCD Chicago is the leading provider of consumer resources to help sufferers cope with and conquer OCD. It is a nonprofit organization that serves adults and children with OCD, their families, educators, clergy, and the mental health professionals who treat them. For more information about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and how OCD Chicago can help, visit http://www.ocdchicago.org or http://www.ocdeducationstation.org (for school personnel).
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