Lying and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Compulsive lying may be part of an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). While some people engage in compulsive actions such as repeated hand-washing, in some cases, the compulsion is to lie.

Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD) is a well known anxiety disorder that results in people having the need to repeat a task over and over again until it becomes a ritual.

Obsessions are things a person cannot stop thinking about, ie., thoughts that dominate the mind. This could be fear of a contagious disease, doing some kind of harm or a loved one.

Compulsions are actions that a person actually performs repeatedly, in an attempt to make the obsession go away. Examples include locking and unlocking doors a certain number of times before leaving the house, washing hands many times a day,

Signs and symptons of OCD often consist of repeatedly washing and cleaning, the desire to ensure everything is in certain order, hoarding possesions and saving things such as old newspapers and old bills, fear of doing someone harm and repeatedly checking locks or appliances.

It is beleived that OCD is caused by an imbalance of Serotonin in the brain. When the Serotonin levels become out of balance, messages received by your brain get mixed up or confused. This can make a person with OCD act out their worrying thoughts.

Another type of Obsessive-Compulsive disorder is body dysmorphia. A person with body dysmorphia becomes obsessed with one particular part of their body and believes there is something wrong with it. Those who suffer from this type of OCD try repeatedly to fix the body part they are obessed with.

If you think OCD may be the cause of compulsive lying it is best to consult with a doctor right away. There are specialised treatments available and your doctor will refer you to a specialist in that area.

4 Replies to “Lying and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder”

  1. After thoroughly researching Compulsive Lying, it is my conclusion that it should be renamed “Lying Addiction”. I wrote the following article that helps explain exactly what lying addiction is…,-Not-A-Moral-Issue&id=7465210

    I also wrote the following article to help explain why lying addicts lie – none of which has to do with OCD. The 2 conditions appear to be totally different just as drug addiction as an addiction in its own right has nothing to do with OCD.

    Billi caine

  2. I’ve been one since I was a child now that I think of it. And I’ve fallen in love with someone and I lied about myself over an over. I sent him an email telling him about my problem and I’m afraid he’ll hate me. I don’t want to lie but I just don’t feel good enough to be with him. Is the feeling of inferiority and not being good enough a symptom?

    • The feeling of inferiority and not being good enough are textbook symptoms for anxiety and clinical depression. That being said, OCD is an anxiety disorder and all three are very closely intertwined.

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