Man every night gets out of bed a fewtime and checks whether all the doors are closed. Upon returning to his bed begins to torment the idea that one door, he missed. Another man for fear of contracting germs takes three or four soul in a row, each time treating your body a special disinfectant. The woman thought arises periodically, she injure her baby, and her panic whenever she has to use scissors or knives. A teenage girl is always late to school, because he feels that it is something leads to repeat many of the actions (to replace the brush on the dresser, expanded in order school supplies in their portfolio, to cross the threshold of my room) a certain number of times, usually a multiple of four.
All of these people suffer from various forms of the syndromeobsessions, compulsions, and in their lives dominated by the repetition of the same actions or thoughts. Obsessions (obsessions) - is constantly invading unwanted thoughts, images or impulses that cause anxiety. Obsessive actions (compulsions) - is an irresistible desire to perform certain actions or rituals that reduce anxiety. Obsessive thoughts are often accompanied by forced action (for example, the thought of germs lurking lead to compulsive washing of tableware over and over again before you use them). Regardless of whether a repeating element intrusive thoughts (obsessions) or compulsive actions (compulsions), the main feature of this disorder is considered a subjective sense of loss of voluntary control. Victims are fighting tooth and nail to get rid of troublesome thoughts, and resisted the implementation of repetitive actions, but can not.
At times, we all constantly arisesrecurring thoughts ( "I turn off the gas?") and the desire to perform usual activities (arrange all the things on the table in the exact order, before proceeding to the job). But in people with obsessions such thoughts and actions take a lot of time, which seriously interfere with daily life. These individuals realize that their thoughts are irrational and repugnant to them, but not being able to ignore or suppress. They understand the senselessness of his forced behavior, but experience anxiety when trying to resist him, and after such actions feel that the tension eased.
Obsessions can relate to a variety of topics, butoften they are associated with causing harm to themselves or others, the fear of being infected, and doubts that the problem is solved satisfactorily. Curiously enough, the content of intrusive thoughts change with time. In the old days were common obsessive thoughts about religion and sex - for example, blasphemous thoughts, shouting obscenities in church or showing their genitals to the public. Today, they are less frequent. Previously, obsessive thoughts about the infection were associated with syphilis, it is now the subject of many of these fears become AIDS.