Have you ever been forced to hurt someone?

The fear of hurting loved ones: How obsessive thoughts weigh on life: Hell in the head

The most common disorders

Some people suffer from compulsions, others struggle against a whole range of different disorders. The most common forms:

Cleaning and washing compulsions make up most of the interference. Those affected feel fear or disgust for dirt, bacteria, viruses or body fluids. The discomfort leads to extensive washing and cleansing rituals. The hands, the body, the apartment or objects are cleaned for hours. The process is precisely defined. If there are interruptions, you have to start over.

Control constraints are the second largest group of diseases. Those affected fear a carelessness

Cause disaster. Household appliances, doors and windows are checked again and again.

Repeat and counting constraints: Repetition compulsions cause the sufferer to repeat everyday activities (such as brushing teeth, making beds) a certain number of times. If he does not adhere to his rules, he fears that something bad could happen to himself or someone close to him. With compulsory counting, things like books, paving stones or bathroom tiles have to be counted over and over again.

Collector squirmers are afraid of throwing something important away. It is difficult for them to distinguish between memorabilia and garbage. Many also collect discarded items. So-called messies are characterized by the "neglect syndrome".

Orderly squirmer are constantly striving to create exactness and symmetry in their environment. So you always put cans in a certain way on the shelf or make sure that the laundry in the closet is neatly stacked.

Compulsive slowness: Since the rituals consume a great deal of time, any OCD automatically slows down life. With a small subgroup, however, slowness itself is the problem. You need hours for everyday things. When combing hair, each hair must be brushed individually. If the person concerned gets confused, he has to start over.

Obsessive thoughts without compulsions mostly have aggressive (“I could hit my wife”), sexual (“I could abuse the child in the neighborhood”) or religious (“I could express myself blasphemously in church services”) content.

Source: German Obsessive Compulsive Diseases Association (www.zwaenge.de)