obsessive–compulsive disorder

noun

Definition of obsessive–compulsive disorder

  1. :  an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent obsessions or compulsions or both that cause significant distress, are time-consuming or interfere with normal daily functioning, and are recognized by the individual affected as excessive or unreasonable —abbreviation OCD

1941

First Known Use of obsessive–compulsive disorder

1941


Medical Dictionary

obsessive–compulsive disorder

noun
variants: also

obsessive–compulsive neurosis

or

obsessive–compulsive reaction

Medical Definition of obsessive–compulsive disorder

  1. :  an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent obsessions or compulsions or both that cause significant distress, are time-consuming or interfere with normal daily functioning, and are recognized by the individual affected as excessive or unreasonable Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a chronic illness characterized by recurrent intrusive and disabling thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive stereotypical behavior (compulsions) that a person feels driven to perform.—Robert Michels and Peter M. Marzuk, The New England Journal of Medicine, 26 Aug. 1993—abbreviation OCD


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