Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) may present in different ways, inconsistently and with various symptoms. It is not uncommon for one person with OCD to have a combination of symptoms or another anxiety disorder in addition to OCD.
The combination of symptoms make treatment highly personalized to each individual. However, in general, people living with OCD suffer from unwanted and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) that they can’t seem to get out of their heads. The obsessive thought(s) often drives them to perform ritual-like behavior(s) or routines (compulsions) in an attempt to ease anxiety symptoms.
It is common for people to realize that the obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions are irrational. However, they find themselves unable to stop the pattern.
Common OCD safety-seeking themes include avoiding germs, counting outlets, or checking locks to stop unwelcome thoughts, feelings, or mental images.
In addition, with a ruminative sub-type of OCD, people will fear having certain thoughts. People will feel stuck in self-doubt. They often have intrusive thoughts that they have (past tense) or will (future) make a poor decision that will cause harm to themselves or others. Common rumination fears may involve themes about finances, health/safety, sexual orientation, partner adultery, being socially unliked, or failing.
What Is It Like to Live with OCD?
OCD is a very painful condition. Modern culture often generalizes the condition as comical and quirky. This portrait is far from the truth of living with OCD. People living with OCD often experience a lot of emotional pain and tension when stuck in the obsessive- compulsive cycle. They may have difficulty focusing on other tasks or social conversations. They may avoid having children or being around other common OCD triggers.
Even mild severity OCD can interfere with a person’s daily routine, academic life, job, relationships, or social interactions. When a person is experiencing an OCD anxiety response, concentrating on any daily activity may be difficult.
Untreated OCD is a very serious medical condition. Getting proper treatment, Exposure Response Prevention Therapy, is highly recommended for symptom relief.
Please request provider, Kama Jensen, when calling to schedule an appointment to discuss OCD care.