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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common anxiety disorder in which those affected have repetitive ideas, thoughts and compulsions toward certain behaviors. These compulsions interfere with a person's daily life and not acting toward them causes mental distress. There are over 200,000 cases every year in the U.S and 1 in every 200 children has the disorder. OCD is a chronic mental illness with no cure, those effected have to manage their symptoms on a daily basis. Those with OCD in their direct family are at a higher risk of being diagnosed, as well as childhood abuse or trauma. I chose this topic because I can relate to it on a personal level. My brother was diagnosed with OCD at a young age and has been going to therapy as well as taking medications. I have firsthand seen the compulsions and obsessions that this mental illness brings out in people and have had to deal with it my whole life. Compared to other mental illnesses the medications don't have as many side effects but still effect a person's daily life. The illness also can lead to severe anxiety and depression, and other mental illnesses. Further researching this topic will allow me to gain more information and knowledge on how this illness takes effect in a person's mind and how to better deal with it. I plan on learning how to deal with those affected and use that valuable information in my own home and help my those around me. Since genetics plays a role in the diagnosis of OCD researching it now will give me a better hand in the future. Making life easier for those effected and helping my brother control his obsessions/compulsions is a top priority for me. As a pharmacy major gaining knowledge on mental illnesses and the medications used to fight them will also help me in the future.