Symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are:
If you have OCD, you know that your thoughts and behaviors are nonsensical, and you would like to avoid or stop them.
Common obsessions include:
Common compulsions include:
Most people with OCD have both obsessions and compulsions, but some only have one or the other. The majority of patients with OCD are ashamed of their disorder, and many find it hard to confide in a doctor. However, now that effective treatments are available, more people are talking to their doctor about their symptoms.
About OCD. International OCD Foundation website. Available at: https://iocdf.org/about-ocd. Accessed June 15, 2016.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated June 13, 2016. Accessed June 15, 2016.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml. Updated January 2016. Accessed June 15, 2016.
Last reviewed June 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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