OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


What is Obsessive-compulsive behaviour?

‘Obsessive’ refers to repetitive, intrusive thoughts, images or impulses, ‘compulsive’ refers to repetitive actions

Either one or both may be present in one person

Predominant feeling is a ‘doubt’ whether a task has been done ‘perfectly’

Cannot be controlled by will power

Compulsive symptoms  fall into one of these clusters: cleaning, checking, hoarding/collecting or ordering

Essentially, a normal action, for example washing hands or checking a lock, is repeated several times.


The part of the brain that generates the doubt normally receives feedback when an action is complete. A break in this pathway is the basis of lingering doubt.


Medications – called SSRIs – to be continued long-term

Cognitive Behavior therapy

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2 thoughts on “OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    1. There is a concept called ‘OCD spectrum Disorders’. These are people with OCD-related disorders, whose symptoms are mild enough to not warrant a diagnosis of OCD. If we included them, the incidence would certainly exceed 2%!


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