Those people with obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD are suffering from a type of anxiety disorder characterized by compulsive actions such as hoarding, checking and obsessive thoughts. It’s quite normal if you check on your car if it is properly locked whenever you leave it or to worry about the safety of your home every time you leave from work. However, things are quite different if you have an OCD behavior. People with OCD behavior will have excessive worry and anxiety – so excessive it can interfere with your daily life. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to shake it off.
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Once you have OCD, you will react with heightened emotions especially when it comes to your worries. If you have OCD, you will have unwanted thoughts and you will have rationalized behavior that you feel compelled to perform. People with OCD have irrational thoughts and behavior but despite this, they don’t have the power to resist and control it. Like a needle, getting stuck on an old record, people with OCD causes their brain to stop at a certain thought or urge. For example, you might check your stove twenty times to make sure that it is turned off or drive your car on the same direction just to be sure that the bump you hear doesn’t come from a person you ran over.
Symptoms of OCD
Some people cannot identify if what they are experiencing is already OCD thus it will greatly help people if they know the signs and symptoms of OCD. Symptoms for obsessive thoughts include:
- Fear of losing things
- Fear of being contaminated with germs
- You are extra superstitious
- Fear of causing harm to yourself and other people
- You have frequent violent thoughts and ideas
Symptoms for compulsion behavior include:
- Excessively double check everything
- Spending a lot of time cleaning
- Accumulating too much junk such as empty containers
- Repeatedly check on loved ones
- You keep on arranging things all the time
Understanding Obsession and Compulsion
Obsessions are involuntary thoughts that occur in your mind over and over again. You don’t want to entertain these thoughts but it just keeps on popping through your mind. More often than not, these thoughts are disturbing and can distract you from doing your daily tasks. On the other hand, compulsion is a behavior that you are forced to do. People with OCD perform compulsion in an attempt to get rid of those thoughts. Obsession and compulsion are related to each other. For example, if a person has an obsession about dirty things and getting sick, a person will develop a habit (compulsion) to clean a lot, wash dirty things or try not to touch anything that looks dirty.
However, people with obsessive thoughts should refrain from doing compulsion. Why is this? Although you get an instant relief from compulsion, doing it can actually strengthen your OCD thoughts. Doing a compulsion will only encourage your irrational thoughts to come back. And the bad thing about it? The more a person does compulsion, the stronger the illness becomes. When OCD becomes severe, you need to see a professional to help you with your OCD. If left untreated, it can interfere with all aspects in your life.