Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is related to anxiety and you can find help with OCD therapy treatment therapists. The person affected has unwanted and recurring thoughts (obsessions), which causes the need to repeat certain actions (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors, such as checking things or cleaning obsessively interfere with a person’s daily life and social interactions.
Repetitive behaviors are common in anyone’s life, but they do not disrupt the smooth running of the day, because their purpose is to organize daily activities.
For people with this type of disorder, failure to perform routines triggers strong feelings of stress and anxiety. Many people with OCD realize or at least suspect that their obsessions are unfounded, but despite this, they have difficulty stopping those compulsive actions.
- It may happen that a person with OCD cannot stop washing their hands
- They perform thorough tooth brushing – each tooth in a certain order!
- Shower rituals (each part of the body is washed a certain number of times and, again, in a certain order)
- Excessive inspection of doors, locks or backpacks, to make sure they are safe
- Counting or touching objects.
- Mental rituals – Some people have no visible compulsions, only mental rituals, such as prayers or trying to replace a “bad” image or thought with a “good” image or thought.