People with intense feelings of responsibility susceptible to developing OCD, anxiety

news-medical | April 25, 2019

A new study has found that people who reported intense feelings of responsibility were susceptible to developing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) was published in the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy. "People with OCD [are] tortured by repeatedly occurring negative thinking and they take some strategy to prevent it… GAD is a very pervasive type of anxiety. [Patients] worry about everything." describes Associate Professor Yoshinori Sugiura of the University of Hiroshima. Anxiety and OCD-like behaviors, such as checking if the door is locked, are common in the general population. However, it is the frequency and intensity of these behaviors or feelings that make the difference between a character trait and disorder. "For example, you're using two audio recorders instead of one," says Sugiura when interviewed. "It's just in case one fails … having two recorders will enhance your work but if you prepare [too] many recorders … that will interfere with your work."

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