What Are Compulsions And Rituals?
Compulsions are the actions or rituals performed by patients with OCD as a result of their obsessions. A common compulsion is excessive washing or cleaning; this may include washing hands, brushing teeth, showering, or even cleaning compulsions and rituals when cleaning the bathroom or kitchen. Other compulsions include ordering or arranging items in specific ways, checking doors and locks to make sure everything is safe, and counting, touching, tapping or rubbing objects in a certain way. Compulsions also include mental rituals, which include saying prayers or trying to replace bad images or thoughts with good ones. A mental routine may be repeated over and over again until the patient feels okay and safe.