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Obsessions vs. Compulsions

By on May 23, 2012 in Health with 0 Comments

In an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, we sometimes confuse ourselves between obsessions and compulsions. To make it clear, we have provided some examples between obsessions and compulsions

What are some common obsessions?

Here are some common obsessions:

  • Fear of dirt or germs.
  • Disgust with bodily waste or fluids.
  • Preoccupation with order, symmetry (balance) and accuracy.
  • Concern for doing wrong task, even if the person knows that this is not true.
  • Fear of evil or sinful thoughts.
  • Thinking about certain sounds, images, words or numbers all the time.
  • Need for constant comfort.
  • Fear of harming a family member or friend.

What are some common compulsions?

Here are some common compulsions:

  • Cleaning and grooming, such as hand washing, bathing or brushing teeth over and over.
  • Repetitive checking the boxes, locks and appliances to ensure they are closed, saved or off.
  • Repeat actions such as entering and exiting through a door, sitting in a chair and standing, or, touching certain objects several times.
  • Ordering and arranging objects in certain ways.
  • Counting to determine quantity, again and again.
  • Saving newspapers, mail or containers when not needed.
  • Finding comfort and support.

No one has found a proven cause for an Obsessive-Compulsive disorder. Some studies show that could be related to chemicals in the brain that carry messages from one nerve cell to another. One of these chemicals, called serotonin, helps prevent people from repeating the same behaviors over and over. Many people with this disorder may work better when they take medicines that increase the amount of serotonin in the brain.

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