Obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms include both obsessions and compulsions. OCD symptoms can be severe and time-consuming. For instance, someone who feels that his or her hands have become contaminated by germs — an obsession — may spend hours washing them each day — a compulsion. The focus on hand washing may be so great that he or she can accomplish little else.
OCD obsessions are repeated, persistent, unwanted ideas, thoughts, images or impulses that you experience involuntarily and that appear to be senseless. These obsessions typically intrude when you're trying to think of or do other things.
Typical OCD obsessions revolve around:
* Fear of contamination or dirt
* Repeated doubts
* Having things orderly and symmetrical
* Aggressive or horrific impulses
* Sexual images
OCD symptoms involving obsessions may include:
* Fear of being contaminated by shaking hands or by touching objects others have touched
* Doubts that you've locked the door or turned off the stove
* Repeated thoughts that you've hurt someone in a traffic accident
* Intense distress when objects aren't orderly, lined up properly or facing the right way
* Images of hurting your child
* Impulses to shout obscenities in inappropriate situations
* Avoidance of situations that can trigger obsessions, such as shaking hands
* Replaying pornographic images in your mind
* Dermatitis because of frequent hand washing
* Skin lesions because of picking at the skin
* Hair loss or bald spots because of hair pulling
Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that you feel driven to perform. These repetitive behaviors are meant to prevent or reduce anxiety or distress related to your obsessions. For instance, if you believe you ran over someone in your car, you may return to the scene over and over because you just can't shake your doubts. You may even make up rules or rituals to follow that help control the anxiety you feel when having obsessive thoughts.
Typical compulsions revolve around:
* Washing and cleaning
* Demanding reassurances
* Repeating actions over and over
* Arranging and making items appear orderly
OCD symptoms involving compulsions may include:
* Washing hands until the skin becomes raw
* Checking doors repeatedly to make sure they're locked
* Checking the stove repeatedly to make sure it's off
* Counting in certain patterns
This is from the MAYO CLINIC.com
Hope this helps, if you need anything or any information I have ocd, so feel free to contact me in any way.
Obsessive compulsive is a lot of preoccupation mentally with a fixed idea or unwanted feeling or emotion. Sometimes it is an unreasonable idea or emotion . It may preoccupy your mind all the time. I do believe Marketjunkie gave some good examples.
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