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.

OCD Checklist

  • 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)

    1. Repeatedly checking locks and alarms
    2. Repeating an action a certain number of times
    3. Repeatedly checking in with family on their safety
    1. Constant cleaning of doorknobs
    2. Fear the use of public restrooms
    3. Repetitive handwashing
  1. Symmetry & Ordering.
    1. Needing to have things organized a certain way
    2. Compulsive arranging shoes by color
    3. Counting items or actions to make them occur in even frequencies
  2. Ruminations & Intrusive Thoughts.
    1. Obsessed with a certain line of thought
    2. Unwanted thoughts involving harm
    3. “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!

 

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