What is obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD? OCD is a condition where the affected person
is obsessed with a particular thought or habit, which compels the individual to
perform a task repeatedly. Though the
description may sound a little complex, OCD is something that affects a lot of
individuals. For example, some people
may be obsessed with germs and keep washing their hands repeatedly. Others may repeatedly check door locks to
make sure that the doors are locked properly.
Such conditions, if occur repeatedly and interfere with the normal
functioning of the individual, constitute OCD.
Currently, nail biting is included under 'not
otherwise classified'. However, most
occasional nail biters need not lose sleep and further worsen the condition
with anxiety of whether they now suffer from a psychiatric disorder. Only
very severe nail biting that affects the function of the hands or results in
repeated infections is likely to qualify as an OCD.
Severe forms of trichotillomania or hair pulling is
also likely to be included in DSM-V as a form of OCD.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders (DSM-V) is a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association
that classifies all mental illnesses.