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Is ocd a type of psychosis?

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Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
No! It's bad anxiety: Ocd patient often say things like "i am crazy for washing my hands a thousand times a day." but this is not psychosis. This is a compulsive behavior due to anxious, obsessive thoughts. Ocd symptoms often make no sense to others. They can be excessive and irrational. But their origin is still anxiety.
Dr. Ruth Seaman
A Verified Doctoranswered
Psychiatry 27 years experience
NO: However, there are patients who suffer with OCD who also have psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions. Some of these patients do have focal epilepsy (very hard to diagnose), while others seem to have a true unique syndrome of OCD and psychotic phenomenom.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
No: OCD is a disorder invloving repeated thoughts (obsessions) and repeated acts based on the thoughts (compulsions). Psychosis is comprised of stimuli from the environement to any one or more of the 5 senses that does not objectively exist, in the form of gustatory (taste), visual, auditory, tactile (touch) or olfactory (smell) hallucinations.
Last updated Jun 15, 2015

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