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Obsessive compulsive disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (or OCD for short) is the name given to a condition in which a person has obsessions and/or compulsions, but usually both.

An obsession is a thought, image or impulse that keeps coming into a person’s mind and is difficult to get rid of. There are lots of different obsessions that can affect someone with OCD, but a few examples are:

  • being afraid of contamination by dirt and germs
  • worrying that something is not safe, such as an electrical appliance
  • thoughts and fears of harming someone else
  • wanting to have things in a particular order or arrangement (such as in a symmetrical fashion).

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