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Is this considered minor OCD to just twist and twirl hair?
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Dr. Paul Pancner
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Ocd?
It can be a number of things, such as a mannerism, a habit, an expression of anxiety or stress or compulsive behavior.
One thing to consider is whether this hair twirling is causing you any discomfort or whether it negatively affects your life or functioning.

In brief: Ocd?
It can be a number of things, such as a mannerism, a habit, an expression of anxiety or stress or compulsive behavior.
One thing to consider is whether this hair twirling is causing you any discomfort or whether it negatively affects your life or functioning.
Dr. Paul Pancner
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Dr. Glen Elliott
As Dr. Pancner is implying, a key aspect of OCD is that the behavior causes discomfort; it usually is accompanied by a thought (obsession) that seems alien to the person. What you are describing is much more likely to be a mannerism or perhaps a sign of anxiety.
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In brief: Spectrum
Unlike other aspects of medicine, many psychiatric disorders represent a spectrum of symptoms and severity.
A practical threshold is set above which the traits are formally calked a "disirder". Hair twirling is an example. It is probably a mild version of hair breaking and then pulling. It is related to other impulse conditions and compulsions. The key is the relation to anxiety.

In brief: Spectrum
Unlike other aspects of medicine, many psychiatric disorders represent a spectrum of symptoms and severity.
A practical threshold is set above which the traits are formally calked a "disirder". Hair twirling is an example. It is probably a mild version of hair breaking and then pulling. It is related to other impulse conditions and compulsions. The key is the relation to anxiety.
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