Did I lock the door?
I’m not so sure
Its just been a few minutes
I’ve not walked too far
Will go back and check it.
There! Its locked. That’s good
Now I’m sure, I can leave
Time to continue on my way, I’m running late…
…Wait! Am I really sure?
What if I turned the key without locking it?
Must go back again
But this time wash my hands
For surely, they’ve been soiled
Slight stain on the side
A good scrub should wash it off.
There! Hands Clean, time to go…
…Wait! Did I just touch the toilet handle?
Can’t possibly leave with hands contaminated
I have to start all over again
Have to wash my hands over again.
NB: The Oxford handbook describes Compulsions as senseless, repeated rituals. And Obsessions as stereotyped, purposeless words, ideas, or phrases that come into the mind.