DWQA QuestionsCategory: OCDI have to wash my hands frequently (whenever I touch anything) to avoid infection otherwise I feel anxious. Even if I know that i know what i am thinking is not rational I can not control my thoughts. Also there are some images, I keep on seeing. These images mostly have sexual content.  So, to avoid them i have to imagine a pleasurable scene like beach. Otherwise I have anxiety. Earlier it was less but now a days it has started hampering my daily routine because I can not concentrate on my work due to images. I dont know what is happening to me.
Jamuna asked 2 years ago
1 Answers
Dr. Prathamesh answered 2 years ago

This is a psychological illness which is called OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Obsessions are recurrent and persistent thoughts, images, or impulses. Obsessions involve significant anxiety or distress, which leads patients to try to suppress, avoid, or neutralize them. Common obsessions include worry about contamination or symmetry, fear that harm will come to oneself or others, and it may include doubts about whether door is locked or not, stove is turned off or not etc. It also includes unwanted or inappropriate violent, sexual, or blasphemous thoughts, impulses, or images. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that are performed in an effort to control anxiety or distress or to prevent a dreaded event or situation. Common compulsions include repetitive washing, checking, praying, superstitious rituals, mental rituals such as counting or reciting, seeking reassurance, and repetitive touching or tapping.