This Is What Senseless, Recurrent Thoughts with OCD Look Like

This Is What Senseless, Recurrent Thoughts with OCD Look Like

The terms obsessive or compulsive have become common words we hear or use on a regular basis. For instance, my friend describes her need for neatness, punctuality and a balanced checkbook as compulsive. We may know someone who is very uptight, controlling and not much fun. We might call that person compulsive. When someone has strong emotional feelings for another person, we may say he or she is “obsessed. None of these is what a psychiatrist would call Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a psychiatric illness in which we see rituals and doubts out of control in a person’s life. When OCD...

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