Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is one of the most common types of anxiety disorders. This problem occurs when unwanted thoughts take control of the person’s mind. When people have repeated and distressing thoughts try to control their obsessions through certain rituals or behaviors. However, these actions, called compulsions, interfere with their daily lives.
Most Common Disorders
Some of the most frequent obsessions are fear of germs or fear of being hurt or hurting others. In the case of compulsions, the most common may be to wash their hands repeatedly, to count, to clean things or to order them in a particular way. Of course the problem is not in doing these things but in thinking that they are necessary and that if you do not do something bad can happen.
The exact cause of obsessive-compulsive disorder is not known. But experts say factors can include head injuries, infections and abnormal functioning of some brain circuits. In addition, genes may also play an important role in the onset of this problem, as well as the history of physical or sexual abuse.