Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: How to Spot the Signs

'Obsessed': New A&E series looks at lives of those with OCD.

ByABC News via logo
June 22, 2010, 10:35 PM

June 23, 2010 — -- This morning on "Good Morning America" you saw a report about "Obsessed," the new A&E reality series that looks at the daily lives of people who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The disorder, commonly known as OCD, is a debilitating illness that affects more than 2 million Americans.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, OCD is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts and repetitive behaviors.

Sufferers are mainly treated through cognitive behavioral therapy, comprising talk therapy plus exposure and response prevention.

Click HERE to learn more about cognitive behavioral therapy.

Click HERE to learn more about "Obsessed" on A&E.

OCD has many symptoms. Here's a partial list from the Mayo Clinic:

How to Get Help

Here's a list of resources you can use to cope with OCD:

National Institute of Mental Health: Information, overview of symptoms, and locating services.