What Are The Symptoms of OCD?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can manifest with various symptoms, which typically fall into two categories: obsessions and compulsions.

  1. Obsessions:
    • Intrusive and repetitive thoughts, images, or urges.
    • Fear of contamination, harm to oneself or others, or a need for symmetry or exactness.
    • Doubts or fears about safety or morality.
  2. Compulsions:
    • Repetitive behaviors or mental acts performed to reduce anxiety caused by obsessions.
    • Examples include excessive handwashing, checking locks repeatedly, counting, or arranging objects in a specific way.
    • These actions may temporarily relieve distress but are often irrational or excessive.

It’s important to note that everyone with OCD may experience a unique combination of symptoms, and the severity can vary. Diagnosis and treatment should be conducted by a mental health professional.