Many of us experience intrusive thoughts from time to time. But, when these thoughts become persistent and dominate your thinking, it can become an ‘obsession’.
When an obsession relates to carrying out a task and is done so to relieve feelings of anxiety, this is when obsessive compulsive disorder can arise.
Let’s take a closer look at the condition itself and how it affects people. While the disorder can affect people in many different ways, generally, it causes the following behaviours:
1. Obsessive thought
This is when an unwanted thought or urge enters the mind repeatedly. Usually, this thought is distressing, for example, “If I don’t check the light switch X...