Introduction to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Did you know approximately 1% of the US population suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? An individual diagnosed with OCD may suffer from either obsession (repetitive unwanted thoughts or urges) or compulsion (repetitive behavior) or both.
- Do my obsessions or compulsions take up more than one hour per day?
- Do my obsessions or compulsions interfere with my daily life?
- Are my obsessions or compulsions beyond my control?
If you answered yes to one or more of these three questions, schedule an appointment with your doctor for a proper diagnosis and effective treatment plan.
Types of OCD (with just a few examples)
- Repeatedly checking locks and alarms
- Repeating an action a certain number of times
- Repeatedly checking in with family on their safety
- Constant cleaning of doorknobs
- Fear the use of public restrooms
- Repetitive handwashing
- Symmetry & Ordering.
- Needing to have things organized a certain way
- Compulsive arranging shoes by color
- Counting items or actions to make them occur in even frequencies
- Ruminations & Intrusive Thoughts.
- Obsessed with a certain line of thought
- Unwanted thoughts involving harm
- “Forbidden” thoughts about sex
If you or a loved one can relate to one or more of the previously mentioned OCD examples, reaching out to a therapist can be instrumental in helping you regulate the OCD thoughts.
Remember, seeking professional treatment is the first step in recovery!