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

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

: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. MarzukThe New England Journal of Medicine26 Aug. 1993
abbreviation OCD


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