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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?

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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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