Obsessive-compulsive-disorder meaning

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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.

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.

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A psychiatric disorder characterized by the persistent intrusion of certain repetitive, unwanted thoughts, sometimes accompanied by compulsive actions, that a person is unable to prevent and that interfere with normal functioning.
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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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A psychiatric disorder characterized by the persistent intrusion of repetitive, unwanted thoughts which may be accompanied by compulsive actions, such as handwashing. The individual cannot voluntarily prevent these thoughts or actions, which interfere with normal functioning.
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See OCD.
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