Obsessive and Compulsive Thoughts

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Charles Carlson

Charles Carlson, DO, MS (Psychiatry)

Yu Shirai

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

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  • The same thought keeps surfacing no matter what else I try to think of

  • My mind keeps going back to the same idea over and over again

  • Can't stop myself from doing things that I know are meaningless

  • Can't stop myself from doing things that I know are irrational

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Obsessive and compulsive thoughts are recurrent and persistent thoughts or urges that are unwanted and cause distress. The person attempts to suppress the unwanted thoughts or urges by performing an action (compulsive action).

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Are you unable to stop thinking about certain things, even though you know they are irrational and unpleasant?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

  • Do you have difficulty sleeping (Insomnia)?

  • Do you have less or no appetite, therefore eat less food?

  • Do you feel tired almost every day and unmotivated to do anything?

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