Overcoming OCD
Information for College Students

What If I Don’t Get Treatment for My OCD?

Obsessions can interfere with your thinking process.  If they go untreated, obsessive thoughts can decrease your ability to concentrate and interfere with short-term memory.

If OCD goes untreated there may be serious consequences.  The longer you perform your compulsions, the worse the obsession becomes.  It’s called “reinforcement.”  The symptoms also take up more and more time—you actually have to keep increasing the compulsions to keep up with the growing obsessions.  So you have less time for studying, work, a social life and sleep. 

Students with untreated OCD risk:

  • Academic failure
  • Social isolation
  • Physical and emotional exhaustion
  • Procrastination and pathological slowness
  • Development of secondary disorders, such as depression or substance abuse

In extreme cases, people with untreated OCD may become completely dysfunctional, unable to leave the house.

Fortunately, effective treatment is available.  Ask your student health center or counseling service for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), which is the treatment that has helped many thousands of OCD-affected people regain control over this heartbreaking disorder.

Learn more about Cognitive Behavior Therapy

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