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What's the difference between OCD obsessive?Thoughts and schizophrenia? Delusional thoughts?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
15 doctors agree

In brief: Insight

People with obsessions realize that their thoughts are unreasonable and unrealistic and have insight into their thoughts.
By definition, a delusion is a false belief but a person thinks it is true. Ocd is considered an anxiety d/o whereas delusions are a problem with one's thoughts.

In brief: Insight

People with obsessions realize that their thoughts are unreasonable and unrealistic and have insight into their thoughts.
By definition, a delusion is a false belief but a person thinks it is true. Ocd is considered an anxiety d/o whereas delusions are a problem with one's thoughts.
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Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
Sometimes a person with psychosis (delusional thoughts) may be obsessive in their beliefs (eg. that they are being watched) and they dwell on these thoughts relentlessly. The core issue is psychosis but it may present as an obsession.
Dr. Alan Ali
Old term is Obsessive Delusional DO.
7 doctors agree

In brief: Insight

Occasionally, the line can be blurry.
However, basically, an obsession is a thought you know doesn't make sense and a delusion is a fixed false belief that you completely believe regardless of evidence against it.

In brief: Insight

Occasionally, the line can be blurry.
However, basically, an obsession is a thought you know doesn't make sense and a delusion is a fixed false belief that you completely believe regardless of evidence against it.
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Exactly that!

In schizophrenia, there is a break from reality, while psychosis is not a major symptom of ocd.

In brief: Exactly that!

In schizophrenia, there is a break from reality, while psychosis is not a major symptom of ocd.
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: OCD

Also, OCD maintain insight, while schizophrenia lack insight.

In brief: OCD

Also, OCD maintain insight, while schizophrenia lack insight.
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