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Unlocking the Reality of OCD: What is OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Updated: Sep 16, 2023

Hey! Ever heard someone saying, "I'm kinda OCD" or "I'm super OCD about..."? People toss these phrases around, but do they actually get what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) really is? Let's dive into the world of OCD and see how it's not the same as being really neat or worried about about being clean.

What is OCD?

So, what is OCD? It's not just being organized. It's an anxiety disorder where you struggle to shake off bothersome thoughts (obsessions). These thoughts worry and upset you, and then you feel like you need to do certain specific things (compulsions) to make the upsetting and difficult thoughts and feelings go away.

Understanding Obsessions and Compulsions:

  • Obsessions: These are like those stubborn thoughts that just won't go away or keep getting triggered. They can be about anything, like germs or bad things happening to people that we care about.

  • Compulsions: These are the things you do over and over to make those thoughts go away or feel better. But here's the tricky part – they don't really solve the problem; they actually make things worse.

Common example Obsessions and Compulsions

Common Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Obsessions and Compulsions

Beyond Just Wanting Things Nice: You've probably heard folks say being a "bit OCD" means being super neat. But it's way more than that. Real OCD messes with your life and takes up lots of time.

OCD's Sneaky Effects: Here's how OCD can mess things up:

  • Everyday Stuff: Imagine doing the same thing over and over. People with OCD can often spend hours a day worrying about their obsessions and this causes them to do compulsions over and over. Imagine washing yourself over and over, or having to say exactly the correct prayer every time you walk through a door.

  • With Friends: Avoiding things that bother you, or repeating compulsions can make you feel alone and also impact your relationships.

  • In Your Head: The worry that comes with OCD can be very overwhelming. It can really interfere with being able to focus, doing daily chores and tasks, and even enjoying fun things.

In Conclusion:

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder isn't just a trendy phrase. It involves wrestling with bothersome thoughts and repeating actions over and over. Grasping the actual nature of OCD empowers us to empathize with those experiencing it and stand by their side.

It's important to note that OCD can have different triggers for everyone, sometimes even some odd ones. If you suspect you might have OCD, reaching out to talk to someone can be really helpful. Remember, you don't have to navigate it alone. If you're interested, you can reach out for a consultation call to discuss your concerns further.

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