Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Symptoms

Symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder include:

  • Anxiety
  • Obsessions:
    • Persistent thoughts that interrupt normal activities
    • Thoughts cause inappropriate anxiety
    • Person recognizes that the thoughts are his or her own
    • Person tries to suppress the thoughts
    • Fear of contamination or dirt
    • Distressed if things are not orderly or arranged in a particular way
  • Compulsions:
    • Person feels driven to perform repetitive tasks
    • Acts are aimed at reducing the stress associated with an obsession
    • Acts may not be related to the obsession
    • Repeated hand washing

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Last Updated: May 5, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder References
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