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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Either obsessions or compulsions:
Obsessions as defined as:
- Recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are experienced, at some time during the disturbance, as intrusive and inappropriate and that cause marked anxiety or distress.
- The thoughts, impulses, or images are not simply excessive worries about real-life problems.
- The person attempts to ignore or suppress such thoughts, impulses, or to neutralise them with some other thought or action
- The person Recognizes that the obsessional thoughts, impulses, or images are a product of his or her own mind.
Compulsions as defined as:
- Repetitive behaviours (eg. hand washing, ordering, checking) or mental acts (eg. praying, counting, repeating words silently) that the person feels driven to perform in response to an obsession, or according to rules that must be applied rigidly.
- The behaviours or mental acts are aimed at preventing or reducing distress or preventing some dreaded event or situation; however, these behaviours or mental acts either are not connected in a realistic way with what they are designed to neutralize or prevent or are clearly excessive.
- At some point during the course of the disorder, the person has recognized that the obsessions or compulsions are excessive or unreasonable.
- The obsessions or compulsions cause marked distress, are time consuming, or significantly interfere with the person's normal routine, occupational functioning, or usual social activities or relationships.
- The obsessions or compulsions are not restricted to another present disorder.
- The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance or a general medical condition.