- DSM-5 categories of OCD:
- Recognises OCD and a range of other disorders. They all have repetitive behaviour in common accompanied by obsessive thoughts.
- OCD - charaterised by either obsessions (recurring thoughts, images, etc) and/or compulsions (repetitive behaviours such as hand washing).
- Trichotillomania - compulsive hair pulling
- Hoarding disorder - compulsive gathering of possessions and the inability to part with aything.
- Excoriation disorder - compulsive skin picking.
- Behavioural characteristics of OCD:
- Compulsions - Compulsions are repetitive - Typically sufferers of OCD feel compelled to repeat a behaviour (hand washing). This can also be characterised by couting etc too.
- Compulsions reduce anxiety - Around 10% of sufferers show compulsive behaviour alone - they have no obsessions, just a general state of irrational anxiety. Compulsions are carried out to…