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What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

A compulsion to repeat tasks over and over again never feeling as though the job is complete is one of the signs of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Repeated washing of hands, checking the door continually to make sure that it is locked, setting your radio alarm over and over and never feeling like your hair is quite right are just some of the many possible rituals of repetition that someone with OCD can experience. OCD, if untreated, can cause major depression perhaps even suicidal thoughts. The following article provides a more in depth look at OCD:

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is characterized by uncontrollable obsessions and compulsions which the sufferer usually recognizes as being excessive or unreasonable. Obsessions are recurring thoughts or impulses that are intrusive or inappropriate and cause the sufferer anxiety. Some common obsessions are:

  • Thoughts about contamination, for example, when an individual fears coming into contact with dirt, germs or “unclean” objects;
  • Persistent doubts, for example, whether or not one has turned off the iron or stove, locked the door or turned on the answering machine;
  • Extreme need for orderliness;
  • Aggressive impulses or thoughts, for example, being overcome with the urge to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater

Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or rituals performed by the OCD sufferer, performance of these rituals neutralize the anxiety caused by obsessive thoughts, relief is only temporary. Compulsions are incorporated into the person’s daily routine and are not always directly related to the obsessive thought, for example, a person who has aggressive thoughts may count floor tiles in an effort to control the thought. Some of the most common compulsions are:”

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