OCD: Understanding Compulsions

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Compulsions are acts that people perform to try and get rid of obsessions and disturbing thoughts or imagines. Learn how to live with OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, from a licensed social worker in this free health video.

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Video Transcript

So one of the symptoms of OCD, beside obsessions, can be compulsions. And compulsions are kind of the back side, or the flip side of the coin of obsessions. Once an individual has these thoughts that can be disturbing, and intrusive, and the urgency to try and fix them and make them go away, that's where the compulsions come in. Compulsions are going to be the acts that the people perform, or an individual performs to try and get rid of the obsessions and those disturbing thoughts or imagines that they've having. For example, if a person is really worried about contamination, and especially when it comes to food they might wash a container over, and over, and over again, but not just using hot water and soap. They might use bleaches to make sure there are no contaminants, and these repetitive acts go beyond just doing it maybe once or twice. These usually can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. They tend to take over a person's life. And although they might look silly or funny to some people, to the individual who's experiencing these symptoms really finds them to be disturbing and they don't like doing these acts, but they feel compelled, hence, compulsions, to do them.


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