Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

The essential features of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are recurrent obsessions, compulsions, and repetitive behaviors that cause or are used to prevent anxiety or distress. These include:

  • Hand washing
  • Ordering
  • Checking
  • Counting
  • Repeating words
  • Persistent ideas, thoughts, impulses, or images

The obsessions and compulsions are time consuming, taking more than one hour per day, and significantly interfere with the individual's routine, job functioning, usual social activities, and relationships with others. OCD does not include habits like biting nails or negative thoughts.

OCD resources

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