Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Posted on March 2, 2023

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common mental condition marked by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. It is a psychological condition in which people have recurring, intrusive thoughts, ideas, or sensations (obsessions). OCD is typically a life-long (chronic) illness, but symptoms may appear and disappear over time.

Obsessions and compulsions affect everyone at some point in their lives. We usually check the stove or the locks twice. People also casually use the phrases "obsessing" and "obsessed" in everyday conversations. However, OCD is more severe. It can consume hours of a person's time. It interferes with normal life and activities. Obsessions with OCD are unwelcome, and people with OCD dislike engaging in compulsive behaviors.1 Many people who do not have OCD experience distressing thoughts or repetitive behaviors. However, these are not usually disruptive to daily life. Thoughts are persistent and intrusive in people with OCD, and behaviors are rigid. Not performing the behaviors frequently causes significant distress, which is frequently linked to a specific fear of serious consequences (to oneself or loved ones) if the behaviors are not completed. Many people with OCD are aware or suspect that their obsessional thoughts are not believable; others may believe they are true. Even if they are aware that their intrusive thoughts are unreal, people with OCD struggle to disengage from the obsessive thoughts or quit the compulsive behaviors.

Men and women, as well as children, can suffer from OCD. Some people develop symptoms as early as adolescence, but it is more common in early adulthood. OCD can be disturbing and interfere with your life a lot, but treatment can help you stay under control.

The primary symptoms of OCD are obsessions and compulsions that interfere with daily activities. Symptoms, for example, may frequently prevent you from arriving at work on time. Alternatively, you may struggle to get ready for bed in a sufficient amount of time. You may be aware that these symptoms are troubling, but you have no control over them. OCD symptoms may come and go, improve, or get worse over time.3 If you or your child are having OCD symptoms that are interfering with your/their daily life, you should see a specialist.

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Source material from Scott Psychological Centre