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Difference Between OCD and Addiction

OCD vs Addiction

The power of the mind is undoubtedly potent. What you think is not solely a product of your mind’s immeasurable strength but is also a result of actively playing factors. Over time, the stability of the mind is challenged and is weakened by several forces. This leads to psychological and mental problems that impair the life of certain individuals.

One of the many disorders that are encountered by a minute population is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Others find themselves at the verge of falling into the pit of addiction.

OCD is classified as an anxiety disorder and is marked by repetitive, unwanted ideas (obsessions), and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). It is considered a chronic illness as it recurs anytime within the lifespan even if given prompt medical management. A person with OCD often times exudes agitation and fear and does deliberate repetitive behaviors that are brought about by their unwanted thoughts. A person who has a fear of germs and washes his hands innumerable times is an example of a person with OCD. Basically, a person with OCD can only be satisfied with his actions once he achieves the peak of repetitive desire. Persons that do not have OCD may look at patients like they are “addicted” to a particular function, but the assumption should not be made definitive as this behavior is not conclusive of a mentally fit person’s actions. Treatment for OCD may range from medications to specifically tailored therapies.

Addiction, on the other hand, is a complex brain disease that is brought about by a person’s inability to disengage himself from a particular material. Substance abuse and addiction go hand in hand, but it is believed that abuse comes first prior to addiction. An individual can be addicted to medication, illegal drugs, and other material possessions. Causes of addiction are deemed to be heavily attributed to lifestyle and environment but can also be due to a genetic predisposition. Dependence is its primary symptom among other factors. Treatment may range from medications to behavioral changes and individual therapies. Counseling is also a well-utilized management as most patients suffering from addiction tend to be socially isolated and need to find an outlet to their problems.


1.OCD falls under anxiety disorders and is a chronic illness while addiction is a complex brain disease.

2.Individuals with OCD have obsessions and compulsions while patients with addictions experience abuse and dependence.

3.Repetitive behavior in OCD patients tends to be addiction related but should not be considered definitive in nature.

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