Obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, is known as an anxiety disorder that affects people throughout the world. The ailment doesn’t know race, age, sex, class, and so it targets people indiscriminately. Many people that live with OCD usually engage in both excessive and irrational behavior and thinking. Although they are aware, they feel unable to control obsessions and resist compulsions.
Common Symptoms of OCD are broken down into two categories: obsession and compulsion. Each type comes with its own unique set of symptoms.
Compulsions consist of actions and thoughts. Compulsions are considered repetitive activities that get carried out in particular patterns or specific rules. People that suffer from this tend to act the way they do because they fear something will happen, and their behavior relieves the anxiety they feel.
Common compulsions include:
- Excessive showering, hand washing, teeth brushing, and sanitizing
- Excessively cleaning and washing a home or car
- Excessively checking home appliances and locks (other things associated with safety)
- Touching, moving, and tapping in specific ways
Compulsions become like rituals for people. They must follow the rules and patterns or anxiety grows within them.
Obsessions are exaggerated versions of worries and concerns that most people experience at some point in their life.
Common obsessions include:
- Fear of germs, dirt, and contamination
- Fearing harm, accidents, illness
- Excessive concerns with perfect symmetry and orderliness
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