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Could obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) be causing you to waste time?

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  • If you have this disorder, your brain can’t signal when you’re doing something correctly. Instead, you have a nagging sense that your actions aren’t “just right.” Rather than finish a task, people with OCD get stuck looking for a “perfect” solution. Other symptoms include: A lot of unwanted thoughts or images
  • Feeling helpless to stop the thoughts
  • Rituals like hand washing
  • Spending at least 1 hour a day on these thoughts and rituals

From: Why Do I Waste So Much Time? WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 21, 2017

SOURCES:

Association for Psychological Science, “Why Wait? The Science Behind Procrastination.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.”

San Francisco State University Counseling Center, “Time Management: Procrastination.”

Stanford University School of Medicine, “The Science of Willpower.”

Niermann, H., , 2014. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research

Summerfeldt, L., November 2004. Journal of Clinical Psychology,

University of New Mexico Hospitals, “Signs of Sleepiness and Sleep Deprivation.”

Solomon, L., Vol. 31, No. 4, 1984 Journal of Counseling Psychology,

Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Symptom Overlap in GAD and Depression,” “Depression; Symptoms,” “Anxiety: Symptoms,” “Generalized Anxiety Disorder.”

News release, Stanford University School of Medicine.

NHS, “Struggling With Stress?”

National Institute of Mental Health, “What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 21, 2017

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