Checking Compulsion

A manifestation of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, in which a person repeatedly confirms that he or she has done a particular thing—e.g., turned off the coffee pot, washed the bathroom sink, etc.—which appears excessive and abnormal to others
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Common OCD symptoms include contamination and cleaning compulsions, harm-based obsessions and checking compulsions, sexual and aggressive obsessions, perfectionism obsessions and compulsions, religious obsessions, hoarding, and other symptoms such as the constant search for reassurance and repeated questioning which do not fit into the other groupings.
1995; Lopatka & Rachman, 1995; Rachman, 1976, 2002; Rachman & Hodgson, 1980; Rheaume, Ladouceur, Freeston, & Letarte, 1995) have suggested that an exaggerated sense of responsibility for preventing harm may be particularly relevant to individuals with checking compulsions.
Repeated requests for reassurance are common in OCD, particularly among individuals with checking compulsions (Rachman, 2002; Rachman & Hodgson, 1980; Salkovskis, 1985, 1999).
Patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder may hoard items out of fear of contamination or as a result of checking compulsions that are related to past loss or mistakes, she said.