Obsessions and Compulsions
Anxiety permeates many of the thoughts and actions of a person with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Obsession is a kind of anxious thinking, characterized by disturbing, repetitive, incongruous or inappropriate thoughts or images that spin through the mind and increase the person’s anxiety. The obsessor often feels guilty or responsible, disturbed at imperfections, or afraid of losing his or her grip. Compulsions or rituals are stereotyped behaviors or actions driven by anxiety that may seem temporarily to relieve anxiety. Compulsions are efforts to set things right or make the obsessive concerns go away.