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Compulsive and obsessive have become everyday words Im compulsive is how some people describe their need for neatness punctuality and shoes lined up in the closets Hes so compulsive is shorthand for calling someone uptight controlling and not much fun Shes obsessed with him is a way of saying your friend is hopelessly lovesick That is not how these words are used to describe Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder or OCD a strange and fascinating sickness of ritual and doubts run wild OCD can begin suddenly and is usually seen as a problem as soon as it starts Compulsives a term for patients who mostly ritualize and obsessives those who think of something over and over again rarely have rituals or thoughts about nuetral questions or behaviors What are their rituals about There are several possible ways to list symptoms of OCD All sources agree that the most common preoccupations are dirt washing germs touching checking for safety or closed spaces closets doors drawers appliances light switches and thoughts often thoughts about unacceptable violent sexual or crude behavior When the thoughts and rituals of OCD are intense the victims work and home life disintigrate Obsessions are persistant senseless worrisome and often times embarrassing or frightening thoughts that repeat over and over in the mind in an endless loop The automatic nature of these recurant thoughts makes them difficult for the person to ignore or restrain successfully The essence of a Compulsive Personality Disorder is normally found in a restricted person who is a perfectionist to a degree that demands that others to submit to hisher way of doing things A compulsive personality is also often indecisive and excessively devoted to work to the exclusion of pleasure When pleasure is considered it is something to be planned and worked for Pleasurable activities are usually postponed and sometimes never even enjoyed With severe compulsions endless rituals dominate each day
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