obsessive-compulsive disorderob·ses·sive-com·pul·sive disorder
- An example of obsessive-compulsive disorder is having the need to flick light switches on and off dozens of times in each room.
- An example of obsessive-compulsive disorder is having a fear of germs.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is defined as a psychiatric disorder where people have unwanted thoughts or the need to repeat words or actions to the point that it interferes with their normal lives.
Abbr. OCD A psychiatric disorder characterized by the presence of either obsessions (repeated, unwanted, often distressing thoughts), or compulsions (the feeling of being driven to repeatedly perform certain behaviors or mental activities), or both, with the symptoms being severe enough to impair normal functioning.
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