Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – a textbook definition:

An anxiety disorder in which people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas, or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions), such as hand washing, checking on things, cleaning, counting, etc.

Most people hear “OCD” and think of “cleaning obsessions”, “germs and contamination issues”, “counting repetitions”, or other sort of repetitive habits. The most common portrayals of OCD and OCD-like behaviors in the media Continue reading “Obsessive”