Obsessive-compulsive disorders, often referred to simply as OCDs, are very common, long-lasting sets of symptoms in which the patients have uncontrollable thoughts that, in most cases, prompt the sufferers to repeat the same actions over and over again. While OCDs can take many forms, the OCDs experienced by the majority of patients will fall in one of the four major OCD categories- Here they are:
- Checking – many OCD sufferers feel the need to check and to recheck things all the time. Some examples of the things to check are the lighting and other appliances in their home or wallets and personal belongings;
- Contamination – this type of compulsion is often associated with the fear of becoming dirty and of contracting illnesses. The people suffering from this type of OCD perceive public places and crowded locations as dangerous and they also consider handshakes, eating in public places, touching door handles or even money as risky;
- Hoarding – the uncontrollable urge to collect things is also considered to be a form of OCD;
- The need for orderliness and symmetry – the people suffering from this type of OCD feel uncomfortable if the objects around them are not placed symmetrically or in a certain order, and should probably consider OCD therapy treatment to help eliminate those types of behavior.