When most people think of OCD, they envision hand washing, extreme organization, and ridiculously clean kitchens.
Many don’t realize that a person can have a messy, disorganized life and still be suffering from crippling OCD. In fact, some cases Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be almost invisible.
OCD is a disorder with two components: obsessions and compulsions.
Obsessions are defined as thoughts, images or impulses that occur repeatedly, outside of an individual’s control. People with OCD find obsessions intrusive and disturbing. In most cases, OCD sufferers are aware that their obsessive, intrusive thoughts don’t make any sense. Obsessions can be any persistent thoughts, images or impulses that are unwanted and cause distress.
Here are some common obsessions:
Harming self or others
Compulsions are behaviors or thoughts the sufferer uses to neutralize, combat or reduce the intensity of the obsession. This only provides temporary relief, however, and compulsions become repetitive and time consuming to ward off the intense caused by obsessions.
Common Types of Compulsions:
These are just a few of the most common obsessions and compulsions. An OCD sufferer may have only one or two of these or they may have many. A person’s primary obsessions and compulsions may change over the course of a lifetime.
It is important to keep in mind many of these thoughts or behaviors occur commonly in people without OCD. In an OCD sufferer, they are extremely time consuming and anxiety provoking and eventually inhibit functioning.
Help is available for sufferers of OCD. Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) is the leading form of treatment for OCD. EMDR, Mindfulness, and Yoga Therapy may also be helpful in the treatment process.
If you or someone you know is suffering from OCD, we encourage you to seek help. OCD is often treatable and manageable. For help with OCD and related disorders, call 214.357.4001 today.