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  Obsessive-compulsive



Obsessive-compulsive

   Marked by a need to repeatedly perform certain behaviors or rituals.



SIMILAR TERMS
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Obsession
Recurrent and persistent thought, impulse, or image experienced as intrusive and distressing. Recognized as being excessive and unreasonable even though it is the product of one's mind. This thought, impulse, or image cannot be expunged by logic or reasoning.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
A type of anxiety disorder marked by the persistent intrusion of unwanted and uncontrollable thoughts. Commonly, patients who suffer from obsessions also suffer from compulsions - repeated, senseless rituals victims go through in an attempt to reduce their anxiety. While compulsive behavior is almost always preceded by obsessive thoughts, some people have obsessive thoughts but do not ritualize.



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Oral stage
The earliest of the stages of infantile psychosexual development, lasting from birth to 12 months or longer. Usually subdivided into two stages: the oral erotic, relating to the pleasurable experience of sucking; and the oral sadistic, associated with aggressive biting. Both oral eroticism and sadism continue into adult life in disguised and sublimated forms, such as the character traits of demandingness or pessimism. Oral conflict, as a general and pervasive influence, might underlie the psychological determinants of addictive disorders, depression, and some functional psychotic disorders.

Orientation
Awareness of one's self in relation to time, place, and person.

Overcompensation
A conscious or unconscious process in which a real or imagined physical or psychological deficit generates exaggerated correction. Concept introduced by Adler.

Overdetermination
The concept of multiple unconscious causes of an emotional reaction or symptom

Overvalued idea
An unreasonable and sustained belief that is maintained with less than delusional intensity (i.e., the person is able to acknowledge the possibility that the belief may not be true). The belief is not one that is ordinarily accepted by other members of the person's culture or subculture.

Obsessive-compulsive

Occiput
The back of the head.

Occult
Hidden from view.

Occupational therapy
Teaching useful skills to sick or handicapped people to promote rehabilitation and healing.

Ocular
Having to do with the eye.

Odontalgia
Toothache.

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