Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Abnormal Anxiety OCD

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) describes constant thoughts or actions that cause anxiety and interfere with daily living.

Obsessions involve:

  • The person experiences constant thoughts or images that interrupt normal thought processes.
  • The thoughts or images are inappropriate and cause significant anxiety.
  • The person attempts to suppress or ignore the thoughts or images.
  • The person recognizes that the thoughts or images are a product of his or her own mind.

Compulsions involve:
  • The person feels driven to perform repetitive behaviors or mental acts.
    • Examples of repetitive behaviors: hand washing, making lists, locking doors
    • Examples of mental acts: praying, counting, repeating words silently
  • The behaviors or acts are in response to an obsession or in response to a set of rigid rules.
  • The behaviors or acts are thought to prevent distress or a dreaded event.
  • The behaviors or acts are excessive and are not connected to the distress or event in a realistic way.

Those who have obsessive compulsive disorder may suffer from obsessions, compulsions or both.

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Last Updated: Apr 15, 2007 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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