• have repeated thoughts or images about many different things, such as fear of germs, dirt, or intruders; violence; hurting loved ones; sexual acts; conflicts with religious beliefs; or being overly neat.
• do the same rituals over and over such as washing hands, locking and unlocking doors, counting, keeping unneeded items, or repeating the same steps again and again.
• have unwanted thoughts and behaviors they can’t control.
• don’t get pleasure from the behaviors or rituals, but get brief relief from the anxiety the thoughts cause.
• spend at least an hour a day on the thoughts and rituals which cause distress and get in the way of daily life.
If you know someone with symptoms of OCD, talk to him or her about seeing a practitioner and offer to go along for support.