Miscellaneous compulsions include:
Mental rituals (other than checking/counting). This category is extremely broad, and includes any mental activity designed specifically to decrease anxiety from obsessions or to provide reassurance Continue reading
“Hoarding/collecting compulsions” is the behavior one associates with a hoarding problem. This behavior might contain either or both of two separate features; additionally, the term “save” can have at least two different meanings. First, the person might actively and excessively collect things, especially useless objects. For instance, Continue reading
“Counting compulsions” is a category unto itself. This might include counting silently or overtly to oneself (as in “one, two, three, four,…” or “one, two, three; one, two, three;…”) while one does a task or chore. In this case, counting serves as a timekeeper to indicate how long a person has been doing a task. It might Continue reading
Repeating rituals include anything involving doing or saying something over and over. Sometimes repeating rituals involve doing things a certain number of times (like doing something three times, or never doing something seven times), sometimes things are repeated until the person feels Continue reading
Checking compulsions are often paired with harming fears, but can be paired with any kind of uncertainty.
“Checking locks, stove, appliances, etc.” includes multiple forms of checking to see if these were left on, open, or in some manner perceived as unsafe. Checking can be visual (either staring at the item, or looking multiple times), tactile (pushing the button over and over, holding down the lock firmly to make sure it’s closed, Continue reading
Cleaning and washing compulsions, or rituals, are most frequently associated with fear of contamination (although they can occur in an attempt to decrease anxiety or uncertainty from any other obsession). Although cleaning and washing are parts of our normal everyday life Continue reading
Somatic obsessions are thoughts or worries about one’s body, health or disease.
“Concern with illness or disease” may or may not be a true obsession, depending on how it presents. If the person is otherwise healthy, has no delusional thinking and expresses his thoughts in terms of worry or anxiety (as opposed to conviction or conclusion), this may represent an actual obsession. Continue reading
“Obsession with the need for symmetry or exactness” usually involves an urge or desire to have things appear symmetrical or be in the “proper place”. This might include lining up of pillows on the sofa, or items on a desktop. The obsession part of this is the urge Continue reading
This category of obsessional thoughts might very well be slightly mislabeled. Scrupulosity is probably the more general term, and could be the more appropriate heading. It includes both kinds of worries in this category, religious and otherwise.
“Concerned with sacrilege and blasphemy” includes Continue reading
Hoarding/saving obsessions are thoughts about the need to save certain things. This category does not include the actual saving of the items, nor the failure to discard items, as this item involves only the thoughts behind the actions. In this case, the word “save” can mean either “retain” or “keep safe from harm”. Thoughts about retaining items Continue reading