Obsessions are persistent ideas, impulses, images, or thoughts that are experienced as inappropriate and intrusive, and cause marked anxiety. The person has the sense that the thought is not within his or her control and not the kind of thought that he or she would expect to have. The person is able to understand that the obsessions are the product of his or her own mind and are not imposed from without.
Almost everyone worries, at times excessively. OCD is considered as a diagnosis if it interferes with one's life or causes distress. The worries of OCD are usually senseless and irrational. Ignoring them makes one feel anxious and nervous. Excessive worrying that is rational, but excessive, may be a symptom of depression. Many people are compulsive, but do not have OCD. They give careful attention to details and procedure. The compulsions of the OCD patient are useless, repetitive behaviors, and are performed to dispel the anxiety that accompanies an obsession.
MOST COMMON OBSESSIONS
Fear of contamination
Fear of causing harm to another
Fear of making a mistake
Fear of behaving in a socially unacceptable manner