Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a series of irrational thoughts or beliefs followed by subsequent, often repetitive, behaviors. People with OCD feel a pressing need to carry out their compulsive behaviors out of distress or fear that something bad may happen if they do not, or due to feelings of anxiety that exist until the behavior is carried out. OCD can take up a large part of a persons’ focus and attention throughout the day, making it difficult to focus on other things or carry out responsibilities. People with OCD often feel a loss of control over their symptoms despite their best efforts, thus leading to embarrassment, frustration, and hopelessness. Obsessions may be about cleanliness, symmetry, repetition, self-harm, or harm towards others. Compulsions, in response, may include washing/cleaning, counting, checking again and again, needing reassurance, or following a particular ‘ritual.’
OCD can be precipitated by stressful events and increase with additional stress, or may have no particular cause. Some individuals’ may experience qualities or some symptoms of OCD, however it is only diagnosed once a persons’ quality of life is severely impacted by these symptoms.
“When a person seeks help and treatment for OCD matters. The longer someone waits, the worse it can get. Recovery from OCD takes work, but it is possible.”
Call Mindful today to receive a personalized treatment plan for OCD that may include psychotherapy with behavior management, and medication management to ease some symptoms of discomfort associated with OCD.