Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental health disorder, which has symptoms of both obsessions and compulsions.
Symptoms of obsession in OCD
Obsessions in OCD are recurrent, unrelenting and unwanted ideas, thoughts, images or impulses that occur spontaneously or involuntarily and make no sense. These unwanted ideas, thoughts, images or impulses interfere when you're trying to think of or do other things.
Obsessions are often related to a specific topic or theme, such as:
Obsession symptoms and signs may include:
Symptoms of compulsion in OCD
OCD compulsions are repetitive behaviours that you cannot control and are driven to perform. These repetitive behaviours help to prevent or reduce anxiety because of your obsessions. For instance, if you shake hands with someone or use an object touched by others, you wash your hands again and again to clean them. Many people make rules or rituals to be followed to control the anxiety or stress because of their obsessive thoughts.
Compulsions, such as obsessions are often related to a specific topic or theme, such as:
Signs and symptoms of compulsion include:
In most people, the symptoms of OCD begin gradually and may increase or decrease in severity. Symptoms are noted to increase in times of stress and anxiety.