Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Obsessions—unwanted, repetitive, and intrusive ideas, impulses, or images
- Compulsions—repetitive behaviors or mental acts usually performed to reduce the anxiety or distress associated with obsessions
- Persistent fears that harm may come to yourself or a loved one
- Unreasonable concern about becoming contaminated
- Unreasonable concern about safety
- Unacceptable religious, violent, or sexual thoughts
- Excessive need to do things perfectly
- Excessive checking of door locks, stoves, water faucets, light switches, etc
- Repeatedly making lists, counting, arranging, or aligning things
- Collecting and hoarding useless objects
- Repeating routine actions a certain number of times until it feels just right
- Unnecessary re-reading and re-writing
- Mentally repeating phrases
- Repeated hand washing
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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). National Institute of Mental Healthwebsite. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml . April 2008. Accessed September 8, 2008.
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