WHAT'S AN OCD?

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People who suffer from these conditions struggle as others view them to be different and they do not understand why they are behaving the way they do. You may have come across a person who feels the need to have things arranged in a particular manner, or they cannot stop themselves from cleaning everything in sight. It could be that you suffer from these struggles and you feel overwhelmed at times when the urges take over you.

Some people suffer from repetitive negative notions and feelings which cause them a lot of frustration. When you experience OCD, you can fall into a routine that is tiresome and distressing such as checking whether the locks are in place at least five times each night before retiring to bed. When you do not perform the routine, you end up feeling out of place, and you end up doing the activities grudgingly.

For a clinician to tell whether you suffer from this condition, they look at whether your preoccupations consume a lot of your time and how they affect your life. Studies show women are more likely to suffer from this condition. You can get OCD at any age in your life so you should be on the lookout for symptoms.

Preoccupations

Do you have repeated notions or images that just won’t go away and they end up making you anxious? Most of the ideas and images that go through the mind of a person with OCD are negative. Though most people are aware that the notions are not real and that they are a creation of their brain, they are unable to make them go away by the use of logic.

You can try to deal with such notions by switching your mind to think about pleasant things or ignoring what is running through your head. Everyday feelings include the fear of contamination and forbidden sexual practices.

Seek help if you think that you suffer from OCD and it is negatively affecting your life.
You can start off by teaching yourself how to ignore the voices in your head and ways to avoid performing rituals.
Everything will be okay in the end.

Urges

These are repetitive actions that one feels must get performed for them to be at ease. They aim at reducing the apprehension associated with fearful situations. Some people suffer from severe OCD such that most of their day gets filled by conventional processes which involve rituals. Without these rituals, such a person feels anxious and is unable to perform other duties.

The best way to go about dealing with such urges is to tell yourself that the fears are irrational and that the performance of rituals only fuels your levels of distress. Some forms of urges include compulsive cleaning for hours a day, repeating actions to protect themselves from harm, checking routines, arranging items and mental phrases to avoid negative notions.

Related conditions

People with OCD may also suffer from body dysmorphic disorder, hair-pulling, skin-picking and hoarding.