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It’s very normal to be conscious of doing certain things or have repeated thoughts about things you should be doing or things that you need to do.
For example, double checking to see if you have your keys or going back to check if you turned off the stove. People who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, experience a very different reality. If you have OCD, you will frequently have obsessive thoughts and engage in compulsive behavior. This can become really intense and interfere with your daily life.
The good news is, with the right help, it’s possible to have full control over your thoughts and urges. OCD has become a pop culture term that references being preoccupied with neatness and orderliness. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In this article, we explore Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, what it entails and how you can deal with it.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder that features an individual having uncontrollable consistent thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions). People with OCD are usually aware that these thoughts are irrational, however, they’re usually unable to resist these thoughts and feel like they must perform these compulsive acts to ease their stress. OCD usually centers around specific themes. For example, a fear of being contaminated by germs results in the compulsive washing of the hands multiple times every day.
The repetitive behavior such as washing of hands or cleaning can significantly disrupt the individual’s daily life and social interactions. The person may not derive any pleasure from constantly performing those actions, however, it provides temporary relief from the anxiety-inducing thoughts that prompt the actions. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, OCD affects 1 in 40 adults and 1 in 100 children in the United States.
People who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder usually have both symptoms of obsessions and compulsions. However, it’s possible to only have only obsession symptoms or only compulsion symptoms. It’s important to note that experiencing obsessive thoughts or performing compulsive behavior does not necessarily mean that a person OCD. With OCD, these thoughts and behaviors usually cause significant distress, take up a lot of time (at least an hour a day) and interfere with daily life and relationships.
Obsession symptoms: Obsessions are involuntary repeated thoughts, mental images or impulses that cause anxiety. People with OCD try to ignore obsessions by performing a compulsive action or ritual. Some common obsession themes are:
Examples of Obsession symptoms include:
Compulsion Symptoms- Compulsions are behaviors or rituals that an individual with OCD feels the urge to do in response to an obsessive thought, in an attempt to make obsessions go away. Compulsions are usually excessive and are usually not realistically related to the problems they’re trying to fix. Some compulsion themes are:
Examples of compulsion symptoms include:
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders abbreviated ‘DSM-5’ is the reference material used by mental health professionals to diagnose mental health disorders. It acts as a manual for mental health professionals in giving an obsessive-compulsive disorder diagnosis. To receive an OCD diagnosis, you must meet certain diagnostic criteria.
You must meet the general criteria, which are as follows:
You must also meet the specific criteria for obsessions and compulsions:
If you have OCD, the best thing to do is to learn as much as you can about the condition. No matter how complicated having OCD seems, there are many ways to cope with it while you’re getting treatment.
For some people, having OCD comes with a tic disorder. These tics could be motor or verbal. Motor tics are sudden movements such as eye blinking, twitching, or shoulder shrugging. Also, OCD symptoms may come and go, ease over time or get worse. If you think you have OCD, the best thing to do is consult a mental health professional.
Some factors also increase the risk of OCD. Research shows that people who have close relatives (such as a parent or sibling) with OCD have a high risk of developing OCD as well. An individual’s experiences also play a huge role. People who have experienced physical or sexual abuse or other trauma are also at an increased risk for developing OCD.
Obsessive-Compulsive disorder can be treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of both. Sometimes, medication and psychotherapy don’t work to control the symptoms. Other OCD treatment options include:
Finding a therapist who can diagnose and effectively treat OCD is a huge challenge for many people. On Thrivetalk, you can find therapists with great experience diagnosing and treating obsessive-compulsive disorder. By conducting OCD tests, they can help you manage your symptoms in the best way possible and learn coping skills.
Although OCD has no known definite cause, it’s possible to effectively treat and manage it instead of having it control your life.
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