Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition in which a person has obsessions and/or compulsions that cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. The obsessions or compulsions are time-consuming, occupying more than 1 hour of attention per day. The obsessive-compulsive symptoms are not attributable to the effects of a substance (drug of abuse or medication) or another mental disorder or medical condition.
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