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          Do You Have Obsessive-Compulsive Tendencies?

          September 09, 2002


          Are you a super-organized, ultra-clean, neat freak? Or could you have Obsessive-Compulsive tendencies? Dr. Phil helps you take a closer look at what drives your actions.

        • Is the behavior disruptive to your life? Does it have a negative result for you and those around you?

        • Can you commit to refraining from that behavior for a period of time? You can find out by trying to replace the compulsive behavior with another coping mechanism: writing in a journal, doing yoga, meditating, etc.

          If your behavior is destructive and you haven’t been able to refrain from it, ask yourself these questions:

        • Does performing the behavior feel like an urgent necessity of life?

        • Do recurrent irrational or intrusive thoughts cause you discomfort or anxiety? For example, do you obsess over the thought of your child being hurt?

        • Does an extreme need for order and cleanliness force you to tidy things, shower, or wash your hands excessively? (An hour or more a day is moderate, 3 to 5 hours is severe, and 8 hours or more is extreme behavior.)

        • Is the behavior repetitive? If you refrain from the ritual behavior, does it cause you to feel anxious?

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