Debunking the myths of OCD - Natascha M. Santos

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


Ritualistic refers to something that is done in a way that is designed to have a special effect. Some people might use the word to describe the way that people dress or the way that they eat.

  • The ritualistic way of cooking is very interesting.
  • The ritualistic way that she dresses is very stylish.

Compulsions are habits or behaviors that you find it hard to resist. They are often addictive and habitual, which means that you find it hard to stop doing them.

  • She has a lot of compulsions, which is why she can't stop eating junk food.
  • The compulsive gambler is always looking for the next opportunity to gamble.

A preoccupation is something that occupies your thoughts to the point where you don't have time for anything else. You can have several preoccupations at the same time, and they can all be related to the same thing.

  • He has many preoccupations, including working and spending time with his friends.
  • She has a preoccupation with her weight, and she is always thinking about how to lose weight.

When someone is fastidious, they are very careful about the way that they dress and the way that they look. They often have a lot of standards and they are very picky about what they will and will not wear.

  • She is very fastidious about the way that she dresses, and she always looks perfect.
  • He is very fastidious about the way that he eats, and he always eats the same way.

Irrationally is used to describe something that is not based on reason or logic. When you say that someone is irrationally angry, you mean that they are acting in a way that is not logical or reasonable.

  • He was irrationally angry when he threw the book across the room.
  • The diet was not based on any logical reasons, which is why it was ineffective.

Irrationality is the opposite of rationality. Irrationality is when you act in a way that is not based on reason or logic.

  • She was behaving in an irrational way, and she was getting in trouble for it.
  • The decision to go to war was based on irrational reasons.

Reabsorption is the process of something being absorbed into the body again. When you eat food, it is absorbed into your body and used to provide energy.

  • The food was reabsorbed into the bloodstream.
  • The drug was slowly reabsorbed into the body over time.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a type of treatment that uses electric shocks to treat mental disorders. ECT is usually used in combination with other treatments, such as medication and therapy.

  • ECT is a very powerful treatment, and it can be dangerous if it's not done correctly.
  • The patient had a very bad reaction to ECT, and they needed to be hospitalized.