Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “CHECKLIST to remember about the Signs & Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • C: Constant Counting

    • Individuals may engage in repetitive counting, such as counting steps or objects excessively.
  • H: Handwashing Hypervigilance

    • There’s an obsessive fear of contamination, leading to compulsive and frequent handwashing.
  • E: Endless Checking

    • Persistent checking and rechecking, like making sure doors are locked or appliances are turned off.
  • C: Compulsive Cleaning

    • A heightened need for cleanliness, often involving excessive cleaning rituals.
  • K: Keen Organizing

    • Compulsive need for order and symmetry, arranging items meticulously.
  • L: Lost in Thought Loops

    • Individuals get stuck in obsessive thought loops, unable to break free from intrusive and distressing thoughts.
  • I: Intrusive Images

    • Disturbing and unwanted mental images that cause significant anxiety.
  • S: Symmetry Obsession

    • An overwhelming need for symmetry and balance in various aspects of life.
  • T: Time-Consuming Rituals

    • Engaging in rituals that take up a significant amount of time and interfere with daily activities.

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