Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Why do I keep doing things over and over again?
Why can’t I stop a thought from looping over and over on my head?
OCD and Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour is generally defined as experiencing excessive thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviours (compulsions).
For people experiencing OCD the obsessions and compulsions are very distressing. The ritualistic behaviours or thoughts take up a lot of time and significantly interfere with your family and social relationships, daily routines, education or working life. The most common obsessions include: fear or contamination from germs, dirt, fears of harm to self or others; intrusive sexual thoughts or images; concerns with symmetry, perfection, illness or religious issues; an intense, irrational fear of everyday objects and situations (phobia). The most common compulsions include: washing; cleaning; checking; hoarding; touching; counting; and repeating routine activities and action.
If you think you may be experiencing OCD complete the checklist below.
Do you have recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses or images that cause you distress?
Do you have habits or rituals that have to be done and that are time consuming?
Are your thoughts, impulses or images irrational (have no real value or meaning to your quality of
Do you have repetitive behaviours or thoughts/which you are compelled to do?
Are there ridged rules applied to these behaviours and thoughts (counting to eight, washing hands
Do these behaviours or thoughts make you feel better or reduce your anxiety?
If you try to NOT act upon these thoughts and behaviours do you become very anxious?
If you have said yes to four or more of these statements it may be worthwhile talking to a psychologist about these feelings.