Q. I am doing certain things repeatedly until I get satisfied. What could be my problem?

Answered by
Dr. Ruhi Satija
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 16, 2020 and last reviewed on: Feb 18, 2020

Hello doctor,

I think I have a counting disorder. Whenever I do certain work I do not know from where this feeling comes to me that I have to do that same thing several times until I get satisfied. For example, whenever I pick a book then I have to pick that book four or more times and sometimes 20 times. Another example is that whenever I wash my clothes then also I pull out the clothes from the bucket 4-20 times until I get satisfied. Is my case normal or serious? Please help.

Dr. Ruhi Satija



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I am sorry to hear about your problem. Let me try to explain your problem in detail. What you are describing is called obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

A person suffering OCD has repetitive thoughts that are beyond control. For example in your case, it is this feeling of doing the same thing several times, these are obsessions. The act you do to feel better and get rid of these thoughts are called compulsions.

Coming to the management, the first thing you need to do is start cognitive behavioral therapy, in which the therapist will help you recognize his thoughts and teach you techniques to control them and not get involved in this behavior.

The second thing is medication, in severe cases medications are required. This can be checked after complete evaluation. Medication and cognitive behavioral therapy combined are the gold standard treatment of OCD.

I hope this helps.

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