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Glossary for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Cleaners

  • Anxiety: A feeling of apprehension, and fear without apparent stimulus that is associated sometime with somatic responses
  • Anxiety conditions: Medical conditions related to anxiety, fear, and panic.
  • Childbirth: Delivery of a fetus by a pregnant woman.
  • Depression: Various syndromes with excessive anxiety, phobias, or fear.
  • Mental health conditions: Medical conditions related to mental health, emotions, behavior, personality, psychology, psychiatry, and so on.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners: Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a behavioural disorder involving obsessive thoughts and compulsive acts. Washers and cleaners represent one form of manifestation of OCD and involves obsessive thoughts and compulsions about contamination of any form - germs, bacteria, viruses, dirt etc. Sufferers feel compelled to safeguard themselves and their surroundings from contamination but repeatedly washing their hands and cleaning surfaces, their clothes and other objects in their environment.
  • Sick: Feeling ill or off color
  • Suicidal symptoms: Thoughts or actions toward suicide.


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