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Obsessive-compulsive disorder

DEFINITION

The presence of recurrent and involuntary thoughts, ideas and images which produce an intense state of anxiety (OBSESSIONS).
The presence of voluntary conduct of a ritual form with the aim of reducing the anxiety which has provoked the obsessions (COMPULSIONS).

EXAMPLES OF OBSESSIONS

"I fear that my catastrophic thoughts will become reality"
"I fear losing control and behaving in an aggressive way"
"I constantly doubt the simple things in daily life"
"I am worried about germs and illnesses"
"I fear that I have done something wrong"
"The bad thoughts make me concentrate on good thoughts"


EXAMPLES OF COMPULSIONS

"I wash my hands in an excessive way"
"I repeat actions to stop something bad happening"
"I have to check things again and again"
"I always make sure that my things are in their correct place"
"I have difficulty throwing things away even though they are not useful now"

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT IS NOT TREATED

  • The quality of life of the patient and their environment suffers.
  • Conflicts may arise between the person and their environment due to the need of the patient to follow certain rituals.
  • Over time the patient may feel victim of their own obsessions and compulsions, reaching a point when they feel that they are no longer controlling their own life and are a slave to their own obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour.
  • Complication with other physical and mental disorders.
 

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