OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages and walks of life, and occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images or urges that trigger intensely distressing feelings. Compulsions are behaviors an individual engages in to attempt to get rid of the obsessions and/or decrease his or her distress.
Most people have obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive behaviors at some point in their lives, but that does not mean that we all have some OCD. In order for a mental health diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder to be made, this cycle of obsessions and compulsions must become so extreme that it consumes a lot of time and gets in the way of important activities that the person values.