What Are Some Examples of Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior?

What Are Some Examples of Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior?

Repeatedly bathing, showering or washing hands, repeatedly checking things, and constantly counting while performing routine tasks are some examples of obsessive-compulsive behavior, according to WebMD. Additional examples of obsessive compulsive behavior include eating foods in a specific order, constantly arranging things in a certain way, and repeating specific words.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder includes both obsessions and compulsions. The obsessions are repeatedly persistent and unwanted urges, or images that cause distress or anxiety, explains Mayo Clinic. The symptoms of OCD include fear of germs, fear of making mistakes, a need for order, and excessive doubt, notes WebMD. Risk factors of developing obsessive compulsive disorder include family history and stressful life events, according to Mayo Clinic.