Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, also known as OCD, is a mental illness which consists of obsessions and compulsions. Many people are confused about the differences in obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are constant thoughts that will not go away. Compulsions are the behaviors performed to relieve the obsessions. It is not easy for someone with OCD to just stop their obsessive thoughts, which is a common misbelief. I once saw a television show about a lady with OCD who would repeatedly wash her hands. She had obsessive thoughts about germs and her hands being dirty. She washed her hands so often that her skin was extremely dry. Also, we had a guest speaker in my psychology class last semester; he was a young man with OCD and he shared his story with us. He explained how difficult school was for him. A simple task such as doing homework was extremely stressful for him and it would take him three times as long to finish things compared to other people. I never really realized just how hard life could be for someone with OCD. He definitely gave me a better understanding of OCD and I sympathize with him.
I have attached the video of the woman with OCD who is obsessed with germs and washes her hands all the time.