Everyone double checks things sometimes. For example, you might double check to make sure the stove or iron is turned off before leaving the house. But people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) feel the need to check things repeatedly, or have certain thoughts or perform routines and rituals over and over. The thoughts and rituals associated with OCD cause distress and get in the way of daily life. To read more on this subject from National Institute of Mental Health, click here.
Posted by: Dr. Lynn Alexander, Palo Alto Therapy & Counseling