Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (DOC): When Undesirable Thoughts Take Over

Everyone can check things a couple of times before leaving home.

Sometimes, for example, you can double-check to make sure that the door is really closed or that the iron is off before leaving the home.

But people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder feel the need to check things over and over again or to perform rituals over and over again. The thoughts and rituals associated with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, cause discomfort and hinder the normal occurrence of daily life.

Whatever they do, they have to complicate everything with ever-longer and useless actions that invade their lives.

Do you feel the need to check and re-check things over and over again? Do you have the same thoughts, constantly?

Do you feel a strong need to perform some rituals repeatedly and you realize you have no control over what you are doing?

If so, you are probably afflicted with Anxiety Disorder called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (DOC) … Suffer from your own thoughts. You realize you are not master of yourself and you feel that unpleasant thoughts are most likely to occur.

Therefore, you will constantly fight against your thoughts … These frequent, upsetting thoughts are called Obsessions, and to try to control them, you feel the urgent need to repeat certain rituals or behaviors called Compulsions.

Characteristics of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

People with Compulsive Obsessive Disorder can not control Obsessions and Compulsions and assume a pervasive, intrusive and exclusive character in the worries and in the person’s life.

They take total control … The execution of such rituals is not pleasant. At best, it provides temporary relief from the Anxiety created by Obsessive Thoughts.

Compulsive Obsessive Disorder can be presented with different “themes”.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Contamination

The obsession of the cleaning is over for fear of being contaminated. To get rid of anxiety, rituals or compulsions of cleaning, washing, exaggerated disinfection will be practiced.

The person will continue to obsessively clean the house, wash his hands compulsively, and disinfect everything he contacts … In the end, they will no longer allow anyone to touch him or enter his home.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Order and Precision

The person suffering from it has the obsession of making mistakes and inaccuracies in its activities, such as writing a letter, preparing a list, filling in a questionnaire, and so on.

To get rid of anxiety, it will use repeated and repeatedly repeated control rituals.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The person who suffers them has the obsession of being able to commit aggressive acts towards someone. This would happen against his will. Or imagine doing it and then being forgotten.

You can even imagine someone investing while driving the car and not being aware of it.

To get rid of anxiety, practice rituals trying to keep distances, systematically avoid opportunities to meet other people. Or you will go through the journey, to see if there are any casualties or if the police are present. Usually, avoidance becomes more and more frequent until you get out of the house.

Obsessive Compulsive Disturbance from Rumination

Those who suffer from obsessive rumor absorb themselves completely in their thoughts … Facing a difficulty or problem begins to think about how to solve it and when it comes to the end of its reasoning, obsessive thought takes over: “I have really thought about all the elements of problem? If it were not, I would have made a mistake and the consequences would be disastrous. “Then it reassures itself in his reasoning from the beginning. So it’ll always find something he has neglected. Rumination does not measure the importance of the theme, but it extends to all reasoning and extends over time.


People with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in general …

  • They have repeated thoughts or images of many different things, such as fear of germs, dirty or possible intruders, acts of violence, hurt their loved ones, sexual acts, conflicts, religious beliefs or excesses of order, impediment to normal daily actions
  • They carry the same rituals over and over again, washing hands, locking and unlocking doors, counting, storing unnecessary objects, or repeating, over and over again, the same actions
  • People Affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder cannot control unwanted thoughts and behaviors
  • They do not like pleasure when performing rituals but can get a little relief from anxiety caused by obsessive thoughts
  • Spend a lot and a lot of time per day trapped in thoughts and rituals. This causes strong discomfort and hinders the normal occurrence of daily life.

Who is at risk?

For many people Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder begins during childhood or adolescence. It is expressed with insistence, mostly at the age of 19, but has developed since childhood. Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can go and come and improve or worsen at different times.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder strikes a high percentage of the population and affects more men than women.


The course of the disease is very varied. Symptoms can go and come over time, then get worse. If Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder becomes serious, the person may be compromised in working or performing normal tasks in everyday life. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can be accompanied by depression.

It is advisable to seek help since the appearance of the first symptoms, before the rituals can invade every aspect of life.

The consequences

Those suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder are trapped in a psychological and social cage. Obsessions hold it locked and immobilized in increasingly complex, long, and irrational rituals. Rituals lead-time to everyday life, to family, to work, to social life. Even family members remain involved in their compulsions: washing, ordering, checking, and so on.

The person who suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder tends to hide it, as if it were something to be ashamed of. In fact, he is often aware of a decrease in self-esteem. He thinks that talking to others would judge him badly. Sometimes, then, “to survive” has compromised with this disorder and decides to intervene only when it can no longer.

“Do not wait to touch the bottom … Stop it!”

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