Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – part 1

May 17, 2016 by  

We are all creatures of habit. After writing about superstition, OCD comes to mind because it is the mental disorder most closely tied to superstition – OCD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

As creatures of habit,  we tend to repeat certain behaviors, wear lucky clothes, or organize our lives into patterns.  Sometimes this goes beyond habit and become a serious problem – obsessive compulsive disorder.

When you shower 3X a day, brush your teeth so often that you have rubbed the enamel off your teeth, undress in the hall so you don’t bring dirt into the house, check the door 15X before you leave the house, count words in your head, or can’t sleep until you have meticulously lined up everything in your room, you may have slipped out of the range of normal habits and into obsessive compulsive disorder.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) has 2 components – the obsessions and the compulsions.  OCD causes people to be plagued by repetitive thoughts (obsessions) and/or to repeat certain rituals (compulsions).

Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts that are often frightening.  People generally cannot ignore them.  The thoughts get better and worse depending on your levels of stress.

Common categories of obsessive thinking:

  1. Fear of people or the environment contaminating you with dirt, germs, body waste or fluids.
  2. Excessive worry that a task was done poorly
  3. Extreme need for order
  4. Fear of thinking evil thoughts
  5. Fear of having committed a crime
  6. Repeated, excessive sexual thoughts
  7. Concerns with certain sounds, words or numbers

Tomorrow, compulsions……..


One Important Fact About Obsessive Stalking

December 5, 2012 by  

Stalking behavior comes from an obsession with another person. Most stalking results from the remains of some sort of a rela

tionship. The relationship might have been important and been a real love involvement that went bad,

but it could also have been insignificant, at least to one of the people involved, for example, a co- worker who was unknowing about the affection.

There is some basis, however small, for those obsessions. Be aware, a very small percentage of stalking comes from the internal, delusional world of the stalker with no knowledge or participation of the person being stalked.

To read a psychological mystery about obsession, check out Object of Obsession


Obsessive Stalking

October 5, 2012 by  

Those are surely redundant terms. Stalking, by definition,

is obsessive. Some people believe that stalking has its roots in the normal desire to pursue a relationship – to be attached, close, and connected. But something goes wrong in the stalker. It may have roots in childhood when attachments were not secure. The stalking develops usually when the person feels rejected. Then, stalking can be a form of revenge; a cure for the humiliation of unrequited love (What ever happened to eating a large chocolate fudge sundae with whipped cream?)

To read a psychological mystery about obsession, check out Object of Obsession