Types of Anxiety/Stress Disorders

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessions and compulsions are traits that most of us have to one degree or another. What makes this condition problematic is the extent to which it disrupts the functioning of one’s life.

About 2-3% of the population may suffer from varying degrees of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Obsessions are recurring ideas, thoughts, images, and impulses that may seem senseless yet remain intrusive to one’s mind. These might include fears of not locking your door, leaving your lights on, or even impulses for violence. These thoughts or images are usually unrelated to real problems one might be experiencing.

Compulsions are rituals or behaviors that you perform to dispel the anxiety brought up by obsessions. Some common categories for compulsions are washing, checking, and counting.

In the case of obsessions and compulsions, you can know that the thought or act is unreasonable yet still feel powerless to it. There may be a significant amount of anxiety, shame, or even depression as a result.


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