Body Fixations That May Signal Mental Illness

Excessive hand washing. Some people who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) have an inordinate fear of germs. To relieve their anxiety, they wash their hands over and over again. They construct elaborate rituals to ensure that they leave no germ untouched. Again, this form of OCD can impact the daily lives of those who suffer from it. Again, therapy can help most people with this form of OCD move on to a productive lifestyle.

Excessive hand washing

Obsession with plastic surgery. Plastic surgery to strip a few years from one’s face is one thing. Yet when a person keeps finding imagined faults and demands to have plastic surgery to correct them, that’s a signal to friends and family that the person needs to seek help. Plastic surgery, like any other surgery, carries many risks with it. To overuse it can wreck a patient’s health.