It varies from person to person
(HealthDayNews) -- Obsessive compulsive disorder comes in many guises.
Some people feel compelled to go back and check things. Did they lock the door? Turn off the car lights? Others feel constantly compelled to wash their hands until their skin is raw.
Researchers from the Department of Clinical Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, studied the traits of 51 people with obsessive compulsive disorder, and reported their findings in Psychiatry Research.
While "checkers" usually have no emotional disorders outside their obsessive compulsive problem, "washers" are more likely to be seriously bothered by their obsessive compulsive disorder, and have to be treated for both the underlying disorder and for the emotional distress it causes.