obsessive-compulsive disorder
A form of anxiety characterised by an obsessive compulsion to repeatedly perform trivial or meaningless actions.

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  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder — (OCD) is a chronic anxiety disorder most commonly characterized by obsessive, distressing, intrusive thoughts and related compulsions. Compulsions are tasks or rituals which attempt to neutralize the obsessions. OCD is distinguished from other… …   Wikipedia

  • obsessive-compulsive disorder — n a psychoneurotic disorder in which the patient is beset with obsessions or compulsions or both and suffers extreme anxiety or depression through failure to think the obsessive thoughts or perform the compelling acts abbr. OCD called also… …   Medical dictionary

  • obsessive compulsive disorder — UK US noun [uncountable] medical a mental illness that makes you keep repeating an action such as washing your hands, in order to avoid painful thoughts http://www.macmillandictionary.com/med2cd/weblinks/obsessive compulsive disorder.htm… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Obsessive–compulsive disorder — OCD redirects here. For other uses, see OCD (disambiguation). Not to be confused with Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder. Obsessive–compulsive disorder Classification and external resources Repetitive handwashing is a common OCD sym …   Wikipedia

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder —    Physicians and non physicians alike have always recognized the existence of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior. Across the ages, examples are common in religion of praying compulsively or dwelling obsessively on salvation or damnation …   Historical dictionary of Psychiatry

  • obsessive-compulsive disorder — An anxiety disorder in which a person has intrusive ideas, thoughts, or images that occur repeatedly, and in which he or she feels driven to perform certain behaviors over and over again. For example, a person may worry all the time about germs… …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • obsessive-compulsive disorder — N UNCOUNT If someone suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder, they cannot stop doing a particular thing, for example washing their hands …   English dictionary

  • obsessive-compulsive disorder — Mental disorder in which an individual experiences obsessions or compulsions, either singly or together. An obsession is a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an unreasonable idea or feeling (such as of being contaminated through shaking… …   Universalium

  • obsessive-compulsive disorder — noun an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent and persistent thoughts and feelings and repetitive, ritualized behaviors • Derivationally related forms: ↑obsessive compulsive • Hypernyms: ↑anxiety disorder …   Useful english dictionary

  • obsessive-compulsive disorder — /əbsɛsɪv kəmˈpʌlsɪv dɪsɔdə/ (say uhbsesiv kuhm pulsiv disawduh) noun a disorder of the mind in which the sufferer has intrusive irrational thoughts and engages in repetitive rituals to find temporary relief …   Australian English dictionary

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