Signs of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Do you have thoughts that keep coming into your mind, even when you don’t want them?
Do you spend a lot of time doing things repetitively to try to prevent bad things from happening or to help yourself feel less anxious?
Do these intrusive thoughts and/or behaviors take up a lot of your time and interfere with your daily life?
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If you’re suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), you’re are not alone. In fact, recent studies suggest that OCD is relatively common and affects close to 2% of the population.
OCD is a mental illness characterized by recurrent, unwanted, anxiety-provoking thoughts, images, or impulses (obsessions), as well as repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) aimed at reducing anxiety. Common obsessions include a fear of contamination, unwanted sexual thoughts, superstitions, fear of harm, or a concern with order and symmetry. Common compulsions include repetitive washing, excessive checking, counting/tapping, or seeking reassurance. OCD typically begins between the ages of 10 and 12, or in late adolescence/early adulthood. It affects both men and women, regardless of age, ethnicity, or cultural background.
OCD is a serious and often debilitating condition, involving significant distress and problems with daily living. People with OCD can often spend hours a day consumed by obsessions or engaging in compulsive behaviors. Avoidance of people, places, or situations that could trigger obsessions or compulsions is very common.