Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that is most common in adolescence or early adulthood. People suffering from OCD have unwanted and overwhelming thoughts, feelings, and fears that make them perform specific activities. These activities often become rituals that the sufferer must perform to get through day-to-day life. While performing the rituals temporarily satisfies obsessions, anxiety will recur and persist if the condition is left untreated.
Signs of OCD
Someone who has OCD appears overly anxious and/or paranoid. Out of fear of germs, sufferers may avoid contact with others or may be awkward anxious, and fearful in social situations due to similarly irrational concerns. Some sufferers may be exceptionally irritable. Sufferers typically realize their behaviour is unreasonable. Shame and embarrassment often contributes to their anxiety.
Symptoms of OCD
Obsessions often have themes. Sufferers may be obsessed with having items organized, avoiding germs, or other common considerations, taken to an unreasonable level. Obsessive impulses persist even when the sufferer knows they are unnecessary and is trying to ignore them. Some sufferers may cope with OCD by pulling hair or picking at their skin. In performing compulsive acts, OCD sufferers may count and calculate often, check on objects or people unnecessarily, and seek reassurance from others. Symptoms often start out minor, and the sufferer may appear quirky or anxious, but not necessarily mentally ill. Eventually, OCD begins to impact the sufferer’s quality of life and relationships. This is the point at which treatment should be sought.
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