Obsessive checking generally means the act of checking the same thing over and over again. In most cases it is completely unnecessary to go over the stuffs for a number of times, but some people have conditioned themselves to do this. At the elementary level, it is treated as a precautionary thing but as the time moves on, it becomes a disorder.
The people with this kind of disorder, typically check the followings in a repetitive manner, the door and the windows whether they have shut or not and also electrical appliances. There is nothing wrong in checking this for a number of times, but at one point of time these become so frequent that, they turn into an obsessive one.
The obligation of checking objects often comes from obsession. Invasive judgments suddenly come into the mind and it becomes difficult to shift to others. This failure of shifting to other thoughts results in recurring scrutiny which is aimed at trying to keep silent the invasive thoughts. The people who do not suffer from Obsessive checking problem, checking the same thing for one time is normally sufficient to silent the nagging of the mind.
But unfortunately these things are not that simple for the sufferers of Obsessive checking.
Apart from this, in some typical scenarios, the obsession comes out of the fear which indicates that something bad may happen if these scrutiny schedules are not held recurrently. These fears are sometimes realistic but in most cases these are considered as just a figment of their imagination. Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most common and effective treatment for this, because by this the brain is guided not to perform the scrutiny schedules in a frequent manner to get rid of the stress. So a sufferer has to ensure that, this cognitive therapy is taken properly.
Luckily, this topic can be significantly improved with hypnotherapy
and clinical hypnosis.