Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by obsessions (recurring thoughts) and/or compulsions (repetitive actions or “rituals”).
Janet is known for always being late for work, but only those very close to her know the real reason for this. Janet’s morning routine consists of an elaborate set of rituals that she has to complete before she can comfortably leave her home. Her obsessive thoughts about accidentally causing harm lead her to repetitively check her appliances, faucets, doors and windows. Sometimes she needs to turn around on the way to work just to make sure that she hasn’t forgotten something that could lead to a negative consequence.