Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) includes compulsive thoughts and actions.
Compulsive thoughts are often related to fears about oneself or others being harmed. Intense anxiety is embedded in these compulsive thoughts.
Compulsive actions are attempts to protect oneself or others from harm. Typical compulsive actions are frequent washing of hands, avoiding touching particular belongings, touching objects a certain amount of times and different types of repetitive-checking behaviours. Compulsive actions can be quite time-consuming and affect quality of life.
It often feels impossible not to act on the compulsive thoughts, yet at the same time, there is an acknowledgement that the actions are excessive. If obsessive and compulsive thoughts and behaviours affect your life, it is often necessary to seek treatment in order to regain your freedom and a more enjoyable quality of life.