OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent obsessions or compulsions or both that cause significant distress, interfere with normal daily functioning, and consume a lot of time. The affected individual recognizes these obsessions and compulsions as excessive or unreasonable.
Examples of obsessions include but are not limited to: fear of being contaminated by touching objects others have touched, doubts that you’ve locked the door or turned off the stove, intense stress when objects aren’t orderly or facing a certain way, images of hurting yourself or someone else, thoughts about shouting obscenities or acting inappropriately, and unpleasant sexual images recurring in your mind. Some examples of compulsion signs and symptoms include hand-washing until your skin becomes raw, checking doors repeatedly to make sure they’re locked, checking the stove repeatedly to make sure it’s off, counting in certain patterns, silently repeating a prayer, word, or phrase, and arranging your canned goods to face the same way.