Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Symptoms

(Also Known As: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Symptoms, Compulsion Symptoms, Obsession Symptoms, OCD Symptoms)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are The Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

An individual suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder experiences either obsessions or compulsions 5.


  1. The patient experiences repeated and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that at some point during the disturbance becomes intrusive and inappropriate and brings considerable anxiety and distress.
  2. The thoughts, images, or impulses the patient is experiencing is not just excessive fears about real-life situations
  3. The individual suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder tries to ignore or suppress these feelings to neutralize them with other behaviors or thoughts.
  4. The patient suffering from OCD is aware that their obsession comes from their own mind and is not imposed.


  1. The individual suffering from OCD exhibits repetitive behavior in order to overcome their obsessions or based on rules which should be strictly applied.
  2. The focus of the behavior is to overcome or reduce anxiety or distress as well as to prevent some feared event or situation. Such behaviors have no connection with what the individual aims to neutralize or avoid.

In addition, the obsession and compulsion being experienced by the individual results in considerable distress, and is time consuming. Likewise, the feelings and thoughts considerably affect the individual’s normal occupational, social, or routine functioning.

At some period during the disorder, the individual suffering from OCD is aware that their obsessions and compulsions are excessive or irrational. If another disorder exists, the content of the obsessions or compulsions is not limited to the present condition. Likewise, the disturbance is not a result of direct physiological effects of a substance or general medical condition. An individual with obsessive-compulsive disorder is prone to developing other conditions such as trichotillomania (chronic hair pulling), Tourette’s Disorder (muscle or vocal tics), or eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia. They are also likely to experience depression, generalized anxiety disorder, or panic attacks. Other conditions they are likely to experience include somatoform disorders 6.

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Anxiety Disorder NOS – Pathological Fears, Excessive Worry, Anxiousness, Phobias, Stress
Dependent Personality Disorder- Pervasive Psychological Dependence on Others, Dependent, Anxiety, Depression, Excessive Need for Others in Order to Become Functional
Narcissistic Personality Disorder – Grandiosity, Self Admiration, Lack of Empathy, Obsession for Oneself, Self-Centeredness
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