An obsession is human. Little things that you always do in the same way or want arranged in the same manner. This is a mild version of compulsivity and has usually no impact on your daily life. When compulsive thoughts or behaviours disrupt your daily life, then it can become a serious problem.
Compulsive neuroses are subdivided into obsessions and compulsions. An obsession is a compulsive thought and a compulsion is a compulsive behaviour. Obsessions disturb your thoughts and are persistent. A compulsion is usually a reaction to the obsession.
When you have compulsive problems, you are aware that the obsession and compulsions are irrational. Because of this you will doubt yourself and lose trust in yourself, because you can’t seem to stop.
A compulsive neurosis disrupts your daily life. The compulsive complaints are there for a minimum of a half hour each day and has an impact on your social life. Sometimes people with a compulsive disorder try to hide it from their family, friends and work. Often the people around you tell you that it’s not that bad and that you don’t have to worry, a well meant comment that sadly doesn’t help.