The two main symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder are obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted, repetitive and intrusive ideas, impulses or images. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts usually performed to reduce the distress caused by obsessions.
Common examples of obsessive behavior:
Common examples of compulsive behavior:
Family history is a risk factor, so if you have family members who suffer from OCD, you may be at risk for developing the disorder.
Stressful or traumatic events can also trigger disruptive thoughts and behaviors that are the characteristics of obsessive-compulsive disorder.