What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an extreme compulsive need to repeat routines, phrases, or gestures. It is a form of maladaptive (not beneficial) coping with extreme moments of anxiety. OCD is a type of anxiety disorder that manifests as a way of attempting to manage moments of anxiety.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Symptoms
One individual can display signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that are completely different than another individual. However, there will always be some kind of repetitive nature. Patients with OCD may focus on repeatedly washing their hands for fear of germs. There can be a moment of repeatedly locking, unlocking, and locking back the front door before leaving their homes, or turning a light in a room off, on, and back off before leaving the room. Rearranging items can also be a manifestation of OCD. Other signs can include obsessive thoughts on past events or moral and religious viewpoints and rituals.
What To Do if You Expect an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
It is important to understand that a clinical diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is made when the symptoms have impaired an individual’s daily living and progress over a six-month period. However, it is extremely important to always involve a medical professional whenever you feel that you or a loved one are beginning to battle any of these symptoms so proper care can be received.
It’s never easy to watch a loved one or to be the individual battling a mental illness. Please involve a trusted healthcare professional in what is going on. You are not alone in what you are battling and there are people who can help.