Obsessive‑compulsive disorder is characterised by involuntary thoughts, mental images or urges (obsessions) that impel the individual to perform an action repeatedly (compulsions) to alleviate the distress they cause. Although everybody has these thoughts, images and urges, the differentiating feature is whether they interfere in everyday life and take up a lot of time.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder explained in first person
To diagnose obsessive compulsive disorder, these obsessions and compulsions have to cause high levels of anxiety and, furthermore, a notable disfunction. In other words, they have to take up a lot of our time throughout the day.
Be patient and understand what OCD really is. Don't judge. Understanding what it consists on, how it works, what the symptoms are and how the person suffering from it might feel.
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