OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and ritualized; repetitive behaviors you feel compelled to perform. If you have OCD, you probably recognize that your obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors are irrational—but even so, you feel unable to resist them and break free.
Like a needle getting stuck on an old record, OCD causes the brain to get stuck on a particular thought or urge. For example, you may check the stove 20 times to make sure it’s really turned off because you’re terrified of burning down your house or wash your hands until they’re scrubbed raw for fear of germs. While you don’t derive any sense of pleasure from performing these repetitive behaviors, they may offer some passing relief for the anxiety generated by the obsessive thoughts.
Most people with OCD fall into one of the following categories:
If you think you or someone you know has OCD, there are ways to help ‘re-program’ some of these behaviors. Consult a physician or psychiatrist.
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