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          Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior

          January 14, 2003

          Obsessions can take over a person’s life. Imagine repeatedly checking to see if the oven is turned off or having any thought that you just can’t make go away. Dr. Phil takes a closer look at Obsessive-Compulsive behaviors, and talks to his guests about coping with their anxiety.
           
          Phyllis
          “If I had to choose between my family and cleaning, I have my doubts over who would win,” says Phyllis, who turns to Dr. Phil for help with her cleaning obsession.

           

           

          Susie
          Susie is concerned that she’ll pass on her Obsessive-Compulsive behaviors ” including hoarding, saving money, and washing her hands ” to her 6-year-old son.

           

           

           

          Both women share their stories with Dr. Phil.

           See how Phyllis is doing today.

           

           
           

          ADVICE

          • Everyone has some some Obsessive-Compulsive tendencies … but when does it become a problem?
          • “People with OCD are not crazy,” says Dr. Phil. With cognitive therapy and medication, the illness can be successfully treated 85 percent of the time. Acknowledging the research of two Harvard Medical School professors, Dr. Phil offers help.

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