Recurrent obsession or compulsions sufficiently severe to cause marked distress, be time-consuming, or significantly interfere with the person's normal routine, occupational functioning, or usual social activities or relationships with others. Obsessions are persistent ideas, thoughts, impulses, or images that are experienced as intrusive and senseless. The person recognizes that the obsession are the product of his/her mind. Compulsions are repetitive, purposeful, and intentional behaviors that are performed in response to an obsession, according to certain rules, or in a stereotyped fashion. The most common compulsions involve hand washing, counting, checking, and touching.
An anxiety disorder manifested by intrusive and persistent thoughts (obsessions) or impulses and compulsive behaviors or rituals (compulsions).
A neurobiological disorder. Sufferers of OCD experience both obsessions and compulsions.
A neurobiological disability, classified as an anxiety disorder. It causes recurrent, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) that provoke anxiety or discomfort. The person may perform ritualistic behaviors (compulsions) to neutralize the discomfort, although the relief is only temporary. The person realizes that the obsessions are a product of his or her own mind and that the compulsions are unreasonable. Until OCD becomes moderate to severe, the compulsions are often done secretively or are well disguised. Generally, the person feels that he or she is going crazy and fears telling others about it. OCD can be associated with other disabilities such as Tourettes syndrome, Attention Deficit disorder, panic disorder, learning disabilities, and schizophrenia.
An anxiety disorder marked by the presence of obsessions and compulsions severe enough to interfere with the activities of daily life. Obsessions are repeated, unwanted thoughts often related to fears of contamination. Compulsions are repeated, purposeless behaviors.
An anxiety disorder in which a person feels trapped in repetitive, persistent thoughts ( obsessions) and repetitive, ritualized behaviours ( compulsions). Attempts to resist a compulsion produces mounting tension and anxiety, which are relieved immediately by giving ino it. People with obsessive-compulsive disorder derive no pleasure from it other than the release of tension.
A mood disorder characterized by the irresistible drive to perform and repeat rituals or behaviors in order to decrease anxiety.
a condition where an affected individual has troubling thoughts (obsessions) and engages in irresistible activities (compulsions) that are severe enough to cause emotional distress and interfere with daily activities for up to one hour or more a day. Both obsessions and compulsions usually present together in most individuals with OCD.
A disorder in which children or adults are plagued by intrusive thoughts or impulses (obsessions) that cause great anxiety. Often the individual feels under such stress that he has to repeatedly complete various tasks or actions (compulsions) in order to relieve (temporarily) the anxiety. For example, someone plagued with an obsessive fear of dirt and contamination might spend hours compulsively washing and scrubbing their hands in the vain attempt to remove every last germ. It can be treated by cognitive behavioural therapy and/or medication.
an illness characterised by the presence of obsessions and/or compulsions.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a brain disorder, and more specifically, an anxiety disorder. OCD is manifested in a variety of forms, but is most commonly characterized by a subject's obsessive drive to perform a particular task or set of tasks, compulsions commonly termed rituals.
Psychoneurosis characterized by disturbing, unwanted, anxiety-provoking, intruding thoughts or ideas and repetitive impulses to perform acts that may be considered abnormal, undesirable or distasteful to the patient.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an anxiety disorder in which the individual becomes trapped in a pattern of repetitive thoughts and behaviors that are senseless and distressing but extremely difficult to overcome. Degree may vary from mild to severe; if severe and left untreated, it can destroy a person's capacity to function at work, at school, or even in the home.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a chronic, relapsing illness. People who have it suffer from recurrent and unwanted thoughts or rituals. The obsessions and the need to perform rituals can take over a person's life if left untreated. They feel they cannot control these thoughts or rituals.
CaF directory of specific conditions and rare syndromes Anxiety disorder where an individual has to perform specific actions such as washing. These activities may reach such proportions that the individual's entire life is centred upon them.
An anxiety disorder characterized by the obsessive need to perform some task. The task is often a simple one, such as checking to see if one has locked one's car many times before leaving it parked, but the sufferer fears serious consequences if the task is not performed. Obsessions are ideas that the person cannot stop thinking about. Compulsions refer to actions that the person performs, usually repeatedly, in an attempt to make the obsession go away. Abbreviated OCD.
An anxiety disorder that features intense, repeated, unwanted thoughts or images, and repeated actions beyond the person’s control.
On the obsessive side this may include excessive fears such as fear of germs or perceived dangers or a need for symmetry and perfection; in the compulsive aspect ritual or repetitive actions are common. Boys are twice as likely as girls to have this common disorder; the peak age is around 10 years, although it can start much earlier.