Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by intrusive and recurring thoughts, images, or impulses (obsessions) that cause anxiety or distress. These obsessions lead to repetitive behaviours or mental acts (compulsions) that the individual feels driven to perform in order to relieve the anxiety caused by the obsessions.
The symptoms are:
- Recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images (obsessions) that cause significant anxiety or distress
- Repetitive behaviours or mental acts (compulsions) that an individual feels compelled to perform in response to the obsessions
- Excessive cleaning, repeated checking, or organizing rituals
- Intrusive thoughts about harm coming to oneself or others
- Excessive counting or arranging of objects in a specific order
- Avoidance of situations that trigger obsessions or compulsions
- Significant interference with daily activities, work, school, or relationships
It’s important to note that while everyone experiences intrusive thoughts or worries at some point, in OCD these thoughts and behaviours become persistent and excessive, impacting daily life.
If you think you might be experiencing Obsessive-compulsive disorder, consult a psychologist.