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 For people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), this isn't something to laugh about—there's a vast difference between handwashing to stop the spread of a virus and handwashing that's obsessive. Jaime Stathis, Wired, 2 June 2021 Tourette syndrome commonly occurs in combination with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 31 May 2021 His mental health issues include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and general anxiety. USA Today, 27 May 2021 Some psychologists fear that the boom in beauty treatments is encouraging an obsessive-compulsive disorder sometimes called dysmorphia. The Economist, 11 Apr. 2021 One study of the drug fluvoxamine, used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, showed promise, but was too small to determine effectiveness against the virus. USA Today, 14 Mar. 2021 Friedman’s clients — some with post-traumatic stress, others with obsessive-compulsive disorder or depression — wanted reassurance. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 People with obsessive-compulsive disorder and cleaning rituals, trauma, or anxiety disorders may have an especially difficult time reacclimating. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 13 Mar. 2021 As a science journalist and author of The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought, a book about his own struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder, Adam had a good idea of what was in store. Simon Makin, Scientific American, 4 Oct. 2017

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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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