Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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All OCD-related disorders involve repetitive behaviour accompanied by obsessive thinking.

Behavioural characteristics of OCD
There are two elements to compulsive behaviour: repetition and anxiety reduction. Typically sufferers of OCD feel compelled to repeat a behaviour. The vast majority of compulsive behaviours are performed in an attempt to manage the anxiety produced by obsessions.
Avoidance: The behaviour of OCD suffers may be characterised by avoidance as they attempt to reduce anxiety by keeping away from situations that trigger it

Emotional characteristics of OCD
Anixety and distress: OCD is regarded as a particularly unpleasant emotional experience because of the powerful anxiety that accompanies both obsessions and compulsions. The urge to repeat a behaviour (a compulsion) creates anxiety
Accompanying depression: OCD is often accompanied by depression, so anxiety can be accompanied by low mood and lack of enjoyment in activities
Guilt and disgust:


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