While it can be completely normal to double, or maybe triple check to make sure you locked your car before you went grocery shopping, or turned off the stove before you left the house, suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder can become so consuming that it interferes with your daily life.
What is OCD?
Obsessive compulsive disorder is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, unwanted, and repetitive thoughts.
What can be considered OCD?
Most people who have OCD can fall into one of these common categories:
- Washers: With thoughts and fears of contamination, these individuals usually have cleaning or hand-washing compulsions.
- Checkers: With associated thoughts of harm or danger, these individuals will repeatedly check things, such as to see if they turned off the stove or locked a door.
- Arrangers: These individuals are obsessed with order and symmetry, such as numbers, colors, or arrangement.
- Hoarders: These individuals will hoard possessions that they no longer use or need in the fear that something bad will happen if they throw them away.
Can I treat OCD on my own?
While managing OCD can be a challenge to deal with daily, here are a few ways you can learn to cope with your thoughts and urges.
- Don’t avoid your fears: With proper direction, learning to expose yourself to your triggers can potentially lessen your anxiety.
- Practice relaxation techniques: Stress does not necessarily cause OCD, but it can trigger the obsessive thoughts. Practice relaxing techniques and rituals such as yoga, deep breathing, or mediation.
- Refocusing your attention: When you’re experiencing thoughts or urges, learn to shift your focus elsewhere, whether it’s engaging in rigorous exercise, reading, listening to music, or calling a loved one.
How can OCD be treated?
So, think you are suffering from one of these categories? Just because you may be suffering from obsessive behaviors does not necessarily mean you have OCD. Symptoms of OCD can cause distress and interfere with your work, home and social life. If it has gotten to that point, it’s best to speak with someone who has expertise in the field and can assist with treating and managing your symptoms.
If you or a loved one may be suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, take advantage of our new psychiatry program at Synergy Immediate Care. Our psychiatrist, Dr. Durrani, specializes in evaluating patients who are suffering from symptoms of OCD as well as other psychiatric ailments.
After your evaluation, we can provide you with the treatment you need to help you manage your daily life without your obsessive thoughts overwhelming you.