Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as the name suggests is a disorder that consists of a person having recurring thoughts or urges driving them to carry out an action or a behaviour repeatedly. One can have symptoms that are more inclined towards obsessions or compulsions or even both. These urges and actions range from things like washing hands more often than required, over-exercising, always cleaning things, checking things and the likes.
Most people indulge in such activities but when this is done repeatedly to an extent that starts interfering with one’s daily routine it can be noticed as an OCD. It can sometimes get difficult to tell an obsession or compulsion from a habit but one way to that is by noticing how much time it consumes of one’s day. Obsessions deal with thoughts that often lead to compulsions that deal with actions.
Obsessive thoughts includeFear of things being dirty or unhygienic
The need for things to be kept in a particular place or order
Constant unsupported suspicion of a partner being unfaithful
Aggressive thoughts towards self or others
Forbidden religious or sexual thoughts
Compulsive habits includeRepeated washing of hands, using sanitizer after every action
Arranging things in precise order or way and being very particular about the same
The need to count unwanted things like steps, bottles, pens
Checking and rechecking things like locks, the oven, and lights multiple times
Fear of using public washrooms or door knobs
Fear of being in physical contact with others