Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder also called OCD is one of the mental disorders becoming very common in the present days. OCD symptoms are easier to recognize by others compared to the individual with OCD as the person suffering from this mental condition thinks that he or she is behaving normally.
People who are suffering from this condition are completely taken over by compulsive thoughts and behaviours.
They have difficulty coming out of OCD no matter how hard they may try. But once you are aware of the OCD symptoms and accept that you are suffering from this disorder, you can easily find some of the most efficient treatments around to eventually become free from these dominating thoughts leading to the compulsive behavior.
Those who are suffering from OCD feel that they have lost control of their lives, and due to this they become social complete wrecks suffering the consequences of their compulsive behaviour. The root cause of the OCD symptoms seems to be coming from an underlying anxiety in the minds of those suffering from this mental condition. Due to the anxiety, their mind becomes restless and makes them do some uncontrollable, repetitive and unwanted acts making it almost impossible to stop. These overriding thoughts become the OCD symptoms. The repetitive and compulsive acts are mainly due to some irrational thought patterns that overwhelm the controlling power of their minds, which remains dominant at all times.
The most apparent OCD symptoms are as follows:
People who have this type of mental disorder are found to 1 one of the 2 main components: compulsions or obsessions, and people suffering from both of these are also common. When a person behaves abnormally due to the obsessive thoughts alone, the common OCD symptoms include
Excessive fear of being in a vulnerable position like getting infected with deadly germs and or viruses. The fear of being close to other people just to prevent contacting contagious diseases from them.
Overly fearful of causing hurt and injury to others or to themselves due to their actions or by the actions of others.
Uncontrollable, repetitive intrusive sexually explicit behaviour and showing no remorse for unreasonable conduct. Even in public places or with some particular people are one of the OCD symptoms.
Giving too much importance and focus to religious and spiritual matters to the level of accusing other normal people as un-religious. Also being unable to get along with them normally.
Strong fear of losing something valuable they have, or feeling too worried about a certain thing they are not having is also a form of OCD symptoms.
Excessive perfectionism even in small insignificant things. Forcing those around them to accommodate their sense of perfection in many trivial matters that normally pass off as nothing for others.
Having hyper dominant superstitious, or irrational thinking makes them feel lucky or unlucky over very minor things.
Similar to the above, the obsessive thoughts may stem from many underlying fear psychosis or a thought pattern that stems out of any anxious or depressive feelings.
Some of the most apparent OCD symptoms for compulsive behaviours include
Excessive checking, rechecking of some of the daily items like, locks, switches and appliances without any reason for concern or anxiety.
Repeated checking of their near and dear loved ones thinking they would have been harmed without any justification.
Doing some silly things repeatedly with the belief that they are doing these just to feel comfortable, or as a way to reduce their tension or get free of the anxious feeling.
Spending too much time washing their bodies or cleaning their things with imaginary feelings of dirtiness, is one of the important OCD symptoms.
Repeated arranging or placing things in order, and unable to become satisfied with their position.
Being overly fearful about God and engaging in severe and prolonged prayers, and rituals to sway the fear of being disrespectful to God.
Compulsive and adamant accumulation of junk items that are normally thrown out by others, as if they are the real-deal type of treasure
Most of the people that have OCD symptoms are found to have a strong feeling of hoarding. They don’t allow even small things to be removed from their possession, and keep on building their junk pile as one of the OCD symptoms. Above this they worry too much that they may lose something out of the pile, or somebody is waiting to take away a particular item from them.
It’s common to see people with OCD symptoms also having other forms of mental disorders like PTSD, depression, a specific phobia, kleptomania, skin picking, tic disorders, ADHD, or compulsive buying. There are many good treatments to treat those having these OCD symptoms and with little patience and understanding, you can get back your life and be free from all the OCD symptoms, and eventually live a normal life.
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