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Please help me? What is obsessive compulsive disorder?

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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: OCD

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.

In brief: OCD

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.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Fear of consequences

Of not doing things in a very specific way.
The saying "step on a crack break your mother's back" is an example. If you could not tolerate the possibility of stepping on a crack thinking it could actually cause harm. People with ocd would not be able to tolerate stepping on a crack and would avoid it at all costs.

In brief: Fear of consequences

Of not doing things in a very specific way.
The saying "step on a crack break your mother's back" is an example. If you could not tolerate the possibility of stepping on a crack thinking it could actually cause harm. People with ocd would not be able to tolerate stepping on a crack and would avoid it at all costs.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Dr. Barbara Lavi
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