What is obsessive compulsive disorder and how to tell if someone has it?

OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorder) is an anxiety disorder which has two main parts to it.

Obsessions and unwelcome thoughts images worry or doubts that repeatedly appear in your mind and they can make you feel anxious.

Obsessions and persistent thoughts and pictures or doubts appear in your mind again and again.  They interrupt your thought process and can be very frightening, graphic and disturbing they can make you feel anxious disgusted or mentally uncomfortable. You may feel you cannot share with others or there is something wrong that you have to hide.

Type of obsession: This may be fear of causing or preventing harm.  For example, worrying you may have harmed someone by not being careful enough.  For example, that you knocked someone over in your car.

Fear of contamination: By dirt or germs you may worry that you have been contaminated and caught a disease. 


A person who has OCD, will often perform repetitive activities that you feel you have to do the aim of a compulsion, is to try and deal with the distress caused by the obsessive thoughts. The aim of the compulsion is to try and deal with the distress caused by the obsessive thought. You may have to continue to perform the activity, until the anxiety goes away this can be very time consuming, and the relief does not last long. A compulsion, maybe a physical action or a mental ritual you may have to complete something a specific number of times.

Rituals such as washing your hands, body, or things around you, touching things in a particular way or order and arranging them in a particular way.  Checking doors windows to make sure they are locked.

Correcting thoughts.

Repeating a word name or phase in your head counting to a certain number. A person with OCD will need reassurance, that everything is alright. 


You may find that some activities objects or experiences make your obsessions worse and if they are time consuming, then you may stay at home as you find it easier, to do this.

Pure O stands for purely obsessional some people use the phrase, to describe a type of OCD where they experience distressing thoughts but no external signs. Of compulsion or mental compulsion.

The condition can be so disabling that in 1990, the World Health Organisation ranked it in the global top ten of leading causes of disability in terms of loss of income and quality of life.

Organisation’s that can help…




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One thought on “What is obsessive compulsive disorder and how to tell if someone has it?

  1. Hi, I’m male in my mind forties. I constantly check house is locked and car in car park. I may walk 10 feet from car, not sure if it’s locked. Blip the remote to see hazards flash on, unlock, then lock again. My memory is bad and I don’t trust it. Also don’t fancy chancing I did leave car unlocked, as I don’t want things stolen from inside, damaged or car hot wired. Could this be just a case of forgetfulness? Must admit drove to shops, not so long ago, posted letters, got paper and milk, started walking home. I crossed the road felt like I put something down, checking for phone and wallet, turned around, saw car across the road, thought that looks just like my one. Whoops. Remembering it’s mine. Felt pretty stupid! Glad no one I knew was watching. I would have lied and said I was checking something out on other side of road.😁

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