OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) affects the brain and behaviors of a client causing excessive anxiety. This disorder encompassing both obsessive and compulsive behaviors, and tendencies, take up a lot of extra time from an individual that can be better utilized on healthy behaviors.
Examples of obsessive compulsive behaviors otherwise referred to a rituals or patterns of behaviors involve:
- Hand washing
- Counting steps
- Counting colors in a pattern, or a room
- Arranging and ordering books
- Repetitive actions or behaviors over and over
- Religious practices
- Bedtime or early morning routines
- Exercise routines
In OCD, compulsive behaviors are done with the desire to decrease or remove anxiety or anxious thoughts and feelings. Obsessions are the repetition of usually unreasonable fears, thoughts and ideas replaying in the mind over and over.
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