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17 February 2009

Worried about worrying?

Do you worry excessively about being dirty, or that something terrible might happen to you, or whether you've switched off the stove?

Do you worry excessively about being dirty, or that something terrible might happen to you, or whether you've switched off the stove? You may be suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – a psychiatric disorder characterised by obsessions and compulsions.

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You may have OCD if your obsessions or compulsions do the following to you: cause you marked distress; persist and take up a lot of time – people with OCD may spend hours each day performing compulsive acts; significantly interfere with your normal routine, work, social activities or relationships; are senseless.

People with OCD also often have depression or depressive symptoms, including guilt, sadness, low self-esteem, anxiety and fatigue. See your doctor if you suspect you may be developing symptoms of OCD.

Should you be seeing a psychologist? Do this quiz.

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