Imagine that your mind got stuck

on a certain thought or image…

Then this thought or image got replayed in your mind

over and

over again

no matter what you did…

You don’t want these thoughts — it feels like an avalanche…

Along with the thoughts come intense feelings of anxiety…

Anxiety is your brain’s alarm system. When you feel anxious, it feels like you are in danger. Anxiety is an emotion that tells you to respond, react, protect yourself, DO SOMETHING!

On the one hand, you might recognize that the fear doesn’t make sense, doesn’t seem reasonable, yet it still feels very real, intense, and true…

Why would your brain lie?

Why would you have these feelings if they weren’t true? Feelings don’t lie… Do they?

Unfortunately, if you have OCD, they do lie. If you have OCD, the warning system in your brain is not working correctly. Your brain is telling you that you are in danger when you are not.

When scientists compare pictures of the brains of groups of people with OCD, they can see that some areas of the brain are different than the brains of people who don’t have OCD.

Those tortured with OCD are desperately trying to get away from paralyzing, unending anxiety…
Obsessions are thoughts, images or impulses that occur over and over again and feel outside of the person’s control. Individuals with OCD do not want to have these thoughts and find them disturbing. In most cases, people with OCD realize that these thoughts don’t make any sense. Obsessions are typically accompanied by intense and uncomfortable feelings such as fear, disgust, doubt, or a feeling that things have to be done in a way that is “just right.” In the context of OCD, obsessions are time consuming and get in the way of important activities the person values. This last part is extremely important to keep in mind as it, in part, determines whether someone has OCD — a psychological disorder — rather than an obsessive personality trait.

Compulsions are the second part of obsessive compulsive disorder. These are repetitive behaviors or thoughts that a person uses with the intention of neutralizing, counteracting, or making their obsessions go away. People with OCD realize this is only a temporary solution but without a better way to cope they rely on the compulsion as a temporary escape. Compulsions can also include avoiding situations that trigger obsessions. Compulsions are time consuming and get in the way of important activities the person values.
by PineappleJuice March 27, 2015
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a horrible disorder, trust me you really don't want it. For people with OCD simple things like germs can bother them so bad it's hard for someone without the disorder to even imagine. It can be so intense for me sometimes that I cry or start breathing so heavily that you would think I was having some extremely good sex.
Bob: *moves furniture*

Me: AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! MY OCD IS GOING TO KILL ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by shacklefackinuho April 16, 2010
OCD; oversized clitoris disorder
Meaning:when a females clitoris is oversized and hangs down lower than normal mostly caused by too much sexual intercourse or in rare cases can be caused by a birth defect.
I had sex with ashley last night, she definitely has OCD.
by jkbchick June 02, 2015
obsessibe compulsive disorder
a wierd disease which causes sufferers like myself to fear unlikely events if you don't do or correct something. sufferers have been known to aquire phobias from this disease. I am now emetophobic.
-I am an athiest and I feared God striking me down if I didn't retie my shoes without thinking a clean nice thought.

-If I had to repeat things ceartain numbers woere unacceptable. for me: 3, 6 (my fav number), 9,13,17,18,21,23, 27.
by master tang March 28, 2005
Obsessive Christmas Disorder: Any adult that is overly excited about Christmas and has a more than normal preoccupation with Christmas decorations and clothing or has more than two Christmas Trees.

Severe cases can manifest as early as October.
The lady next door is so OCD she has got three Christmas tress up and the dog wearing antlers and a reindeer sweater.
by Ododobe December 01, 2011
This is an abbreviation of the words over clothing disorder, this is when a person begins to purchase clothes and cannot stop as they feel they need more.
The boy was ordering a jumper whenever his ocd kicked in and he ordered multiple jumpers.
by Ollykitchen October 22, 2014
OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
OCD ain't all that bad, people affected by this merely have an obsession with compulsiveness, it doesn't at all make them mindless retards like most people think every mental disorder does.
Guy: Hey, look at my Batman drawing!
OCD Guy: *violent twitching* it's asymmetrical when it's not supposed to be that way
Guy: Hey! Not by much!
by Ronald McFucking Donald January 19, 2014
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