Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors

A few examples of obsessive or compulsive behaviors that can interfere with your daily activities include:

  • Frequently washing your hands, showering, or brushing your teeth.
  • Constantly cleaning, straightening, and ordering certain objects.
  • Checking lights, appliances, or doors again and again to be sure they are turned off or closed.
  • Repeating certain physical activities, such as sitting down and getting up from a chair, or saying the same thing over and over.
  • Hoarding objects, such as newspapers.
  • Avoiding public places or taking extreme measures to prevent harm or embarrassment to yourself or others.

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Current as of: March 9, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine

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