obsessive-compulsive disorder

noun

Definition of obsessive-compulsive disorder 

: 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

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Another, who had a serious case of obsessive-compulsive disorder hid several storage units of gear from his wife. John Clarke, WSJ, "Addicted to Audio: Why Music Obsessives Blow Their 401Ks Chasing Down Vintage Gear," 18 Oct. 2018 Studies are being conducted on ketamine’s efficacy on anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even obsessive-compulsive disorder. Alice Levitt, Vox, "I tried ketamine to treat my depression. Within a day, I felt relief.," 24 July 2018 Then an opportunity to get coordinated mental and physical health care services helped turn life around for Taylor, who also lives with bipolar and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Caroline Covington, Washington Post, "Texas Clinics Busting Traditional Silos Of Mental And Physical Health Care," 9 July 2018 He's been open about conquering obsessive-compulsive disorder. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Wisconsin high school basketball standout Julian Swartz lands first full-time college coaching gig," 18 May 2018 Girls with autism may be harder to diagnose for several reasons, including criteria developed specifically around males and overlapping diagnoses such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or anorexia. Maia Szalavitz, Scientific American, "Autism—It's Different in Girls," 1 Mar. 2016 Besides schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, these include obsessive-compulsive disorder, anorexia nervosa and Tourette’s syndrome. The Economist, "A big collaboration is trying to understand diseases of the psyche," 28 June 2018 Chelsea White, the woman behind this new comedy production, came up with the idea for it after a stay at Mount Sinai Hospital to treat her obsessive-compulsive disorder. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "6 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 21 June 2018 In addition to the genetic links between educational attainment and Alzheimer’s risk, the results link neuroticism to anorexia nervosa, anxiety disorders, MDD and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Analysis of a Million-Plus Genomes Points to Blurring Lines Among Brain Disorders," 22 June 2018

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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obsessive-compulsive disorder

noun
variants: also obsessive-compulsive neurosis or obsessive-compulsive reaction

Medical Definition of obsessive-compulsive disorder 

: 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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