Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder of unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, or sensations (obsessions) and behaviors that drive them to do something over and over (compulsions). Often the person carries out the behaviors to get rid of the obsessive thoughts. Typically OCD features unreasonable thoughts and fears that lead to repetitive behaviors. These obsessions and compulsions interfere with daily activities and cause significant distress. Both obsessions and complusions often have themes including:



  • Fear of contamination or dirt
  • Needing things orderly and symmetrical
  • Aggressive or horrific thoughts about harming yourself or others
  • Unwanted thoughts, including aggression, sexual, or religious


  • Washing and cleaning
  • Checking, counting,  orderliness
  • Following a strict routine
  • Demanding reassurances