Think of the tip of an iceberg as being compulsions and the large mass under the water as being obsessive thoughts. Drew Alikakos, M.S. specializes in treating the obsessive thoughts. Obsessive thoughts or “sticky brain thoughts” are often horrible or distracting or uncomfortable or intrusive. Common obsessive thoughts are horrible thoughts or images, thoughts of having AIDS, viruses, illnesses, and thoughts of driving off the road or harming others.
Other symptoms of OCD are; reviewing conversations and situations over and over, rereading, rewriting, reorganizing, relabeling, having music stuck in your head, looking for patterns in things, preoccupation with the face, facial hair, body or body parts. Many people obsess and they have no idea that they actually do.