Illustration: Emma Hanquist

Spotlight on OCD

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), have intrusive and anxiety-provoking thoughts, such as fears of contamination or that harm will come to a loved one, which are associated with compulsive acts or rituals. Such obsessions and compulsions are distressing, time consuming and seriously impair everyday life. Other related disorders are hoarding disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, hair-pulling disorder and skin-picking disorder.

Photo: Emma Hanquist