Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders are persistent intrusive obsessive thoughts accompanied by repetitive behaviors.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder involves persistent and intrusive thoughts about any number of topics accompanied by repetitive behaviors often performed to alleviate anxiety. A person suffering with OCD can have recurrent unwanted thoughts that are very difficult to ignore or at times feel compelled to perform a compulsion (repeated behaviors like checking, washing, and ordering) which are experienced as distressing and affect functioning.
Hoarding Disorder means a person has difficulty disposing or giving up possessions, even if those possessions have little or no value. They may excessively acquire items that make their living spaces extremely cluttered to the point of being obstructive. If living areas do not become cluttered, it is only because someone else is intervening.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is when a person is obsessed with a perceived flaw in their physical appearance that seems only observable to them. Repeated behaviors like excessively checking the mirror or constant grooming or skin picking is performed.
Skin/Hair Picking Disorder is the recurrent pulling out of hair causing hair loss or picking at skin causing skin lesions along with repeated attempts to stop the behavior.
These behaviors are time consuming and interfere with daily functioning. Some people suffering with obsessive-compulsive disorders have a suspicion that their obsessions are untrue, and others believe their obsessions have a chance of being true. However, even if they believe their obsessions may be untrue, someone with obsessive compulsive disorder still finds it difficult to stop their obsessions and compulsions (APA, 2013).
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