Definition by Carol Hevia, Psy.D., reproduced with permission from International OCD Foundation.
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When a person with OCD asks others questions repetitively to reduce his/her anxiety (for example, "Do you think this food is spoiled?" or "Do you think I will get sick?"). Sometimes a person with OCD can get reassurance merely from watching another's facial expression and/or body posture. All reassurance seeking is considered a ritual.