Do you suffer from OCD? You aren’t alone. We can help.
Do you claim to be “OCD”? People who like things a certain way or consider themselves to be a perfectionist often jokingly refer to themselves as having OCD. These behaviors don’t, however, disrupt their lives or make them more difficult. The truth is that obsessive-compulsive disorder is no joking matter for people who live with the affliction. Unlike people who don’t suffer from OCD, for individuals that do, the behaviors can bring limited relief, but not doing them can cause a great amount of mental and emotional distress.
What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
OCD or obsessive-compulsive disorder is a type of anxiety that can take over a person’s mind and make them feel like they must perform repetitive behaviors.The recurring and unwanted thoughts and ideas, or obsessions, are what drive them to behave in a compulsive way.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder comes with thoughts and behaviors that can disrupt an individual’s routine, can affect their ability to work and keep a job, can impact their productivity, and can cause anti-social behavior.
The compulsive behaviors are often extremely time-consuming and, if not done, can cause extreme distress. Conversely, doing them wrong can create a cycle of repeating the behaviors over and over until they’re done “correctly.”
What Are Common OCD Behaviors?
The compulsions related to this disorder can range from mild to life-impacting. Common behaviors include:
What Drives the Compulsive Behavior?
In the mind of someone with OCD, the behaviors are done for a reason. Though they are not reasonable for an average person, the disorder makes them unavoidable. The thoughts that drive their actions can include:
Why It’s Important to Seek Help
OCD can disrupt an individual’s life and have a significant impact on their relationships. Controlling the behavior is not always easily accomplished as the thoughts that drive them are persistent and difficult to stop. If you or someone you care about shows signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder, it’s critical to get help from a professional to overcome them.
At New Life 360, we take an individualized approach, including cognitive behavioral therapy, to find the root cause, identify triggers, and help change the behavior and thought process for those suffering from OCD.