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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it likely for moments of strong emotion to increase ocd obsessions/compulsions?

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Dr. Marvin Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
49 years experience
Yes: Ocd is one way to try and handle anxiety and strong emotion. It is often not very effective. Alternate ways to identify anxiety and emotion are usually more satisfying and growth promoting.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
YES: OCD is obsessive compulsive disorder, which is comprised of obsessions (repeating unwanted thoughts) and compulsions (ritualistic behaviors to help deal with those thoughts) such as washing hands repeatedly, constantly cleaning, checking locks, and other similar behaviors. Often the emotions behind OCD are based in fear and/or anger that is unresolved and even unverbalized.
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