Quirky Habit or Sign of OCD? Get the Facts...
Is your daily routine a quirky habit or a sign of OCD? Dr. Jennifer O'Connor shares her list of common OCD symptoms:
Dr. Jennifer O'Connor: OCD involves the experience of unwanted and highly distressing thoughts that come into a person's mind over and over again, despite persistent efforts to push the thoughts away.
Common Obsessions in OCD Include:
OCD also involves the presence of compulsions.
Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that a person engages in to make the obsessions go away. They are highly time-consuming and get in the way of activities that the person values, like spending time with friends or family.
Common compulsions in OCD include:
- excessive and ritualized washing and cleaning behaviors (i.e., wiping over and over again after using the toilet)
- excessive checking behaviors (i.e., checking repeatedly to make sure the stove was turned off)
- repeating routine activities or doing things according to a certain number (i.e., rereading something exactly 3 times)
- praying or confessing to others in an effort to eliminate "bad thoughts" (i.e., praying a specific prayer each time a certain word or image comes to mind)
- collecting or hoarding (i.e., keeping things that most people would throw away like trash or old papers)
To learn more about Dr. Jennifer O'Connor, a licensed psychologist specializing in anxiety disorders, eating disorders & adolescent issues, go to DrJenniferOConnor.com.