Repeated behaviors due to unwanted thoughts and fears

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Yu Shirai

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Yu Shirai, MD

Psychiatry

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  • Getting family to check the locks multiple times before leaving the house

  • Doing illogical things to prevent other illogical fears from arising

  • Often have to persuade my family or friends to get rid of germs

  • Making sure friends are completely clean before touching me

  • Keep going back to check that locks are correct

  • Scared of becoming contaminated

  • Compulsion to check that gas is switched off

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

Possible Causes

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

    A mental illness in which a patient has uncontrollable, recurring thoughts, ideas or sensations (Obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repeatedly such as cleaning or washing their hands (compulsions). Although the cause of OCD is not fully known, experts believe that neurochemical abnormalities play a part in the disease.

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