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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Recent Examples on the Web So, where do doctors draw the line between vigilance to avoid being infected with the coronavirus and obsessive-compulsive disorder that can be harmful? David Rosenberg, CNN, "Excessive hand-washing. Tech addiction. Behaviors once considered extreme are now crucial to protect us amid a dangerous pandemic," 29 June 2020 Taylor worries that the virus will cause significant upticks in obsessive-compulsive disorder, agoraphobia, and germaphobia, not to mention possible neuropsychiatric effects, such as chronic fatigue syndrome. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, "This Is Not a Normal Mental-Health Disaster," 7 July 2020 So, where do doctors draw the line between vigilance to avoid being infected with the coronavirus and obsessive-compulsive disorder that can be harmful? David Rosenberg, CNN, "Excessive hand-washing. Tech addiction. Behaviors once considered extreme are now crucial to protect us amid a dangerous pandemic," 29 June 2020 So, where do doctors draw the line between vigilance to avoid being infected with the coronavirus and obsessive-compulsive disorder that can be harmful? David Rosenberg, CNN, "Excessive hand-washing. Tech addiction. Behaviors once considered extreme are now crucial to protect us amid a dangerous pandemic," 29 June 2020 One of the hallmarks of obsessive-compulsive disorder is contamination fears and excessive hand-washing. David Rosenberg, The Conversation, "Are we all OCD now, with obsessive hand-washing and technology addiction?," 15 June 2020 But those with obsessive-compulsive disorder and other serious anxieties face uniquely difficult mental health battles, including trying to distinguish concerns brought on by their conditions from general fears shared by the public about COVID-19. Elizabeth Lawrence, Scientific American, "COVID-19 Worsens Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder—but Therapy Offers Coping Skills," 18 June 2020 So, where do doctors draw the line between vigilance to avoid being infected with the coronavirus and obsessive-compulsive disorder that can be harmful? David Rosenberg, The Conversation, "Are we all OCD now, with obsessive hand-washing and technology addiction?," 15 June 2020 Studies have explored the benefits of yoga therapy for anxiety, depression and schizophrenia, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Yoga may ease symptoms of depression, study says," 18 May 2020

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Obsessive-compulsive disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obsessive-compulsive%20disorder. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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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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