Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear or worry (obsessions), repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety (compulsions), or a combination of such obsessions and compulsions
thank god for Wikipedia right?
Basically, I want to illustrate that when you have OCD, you get these extremely disturbing images in your mind, that are very vivid, and cannot control. Once they flash through your mind, they increase in intensity and frequency until a state or urgency or panic is reached by the person affected.
In order to combat these frightening images and thoughts (obsessions) one must then perform compulsions in order to relieve themselves of the panic they feel. The one exception to this is the case of Pure Obsession OCD (pure O) which only produces disturbing images, and avoidance of anything related to the obsession is the compulsion, rather than performing rituals.
I however, suffer from classical OCD, so I experience obsessions and perform compulsions.
In addition, I have also been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Depression, which likely stem from what I have gone through with my OCD. I will elaborate on my experience with multiple concurrent disorders in further posts.