When intrusive thoughts overwhelm the brain | Fox News

February 23, 2015 10:00 AM

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When intrusive thoughts overwhelm the brain | Fox News

We've all seen listicles on the web declaring "24 images that will drive the OCD in you crazy" or that friend who has to keep everything tidy because they are "totally OCD." While the term "OCD" is often used in jest, the real condition is often more serious and debilitating than many people comprehend.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 1 percent of the U.S. population suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), a chronic mental illness that can assault its victims' social lives and occupations. The condition can involve either or both obsessions and compulsions, whi...

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