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.
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