Mental Rituals

By Renée Grinnell

Obsessive repetition of thoughts, phrases, or conversations; can be a symptom of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Example: Whenever the patient becomes agitated, she calms herself by repeating a specific phrase in her head. She also has a habit of mentally reviewing past conversations, worrying about whether she said anything inappropriate.

    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 23 Oct 2008