Hi, Everyone! How are you all doing this afternoon? Happy Hump Day!, by the way. We are mid-way through the week that seems not to want to end. I woke up this morning and opened the blinds to see the weather doing a combo of activity. Freezing rain, snow, and dark skies above. I just kinda stood there feeling numb from this dismal Winter we are experiencing. So, with that, I shut the blinds with the hopes that I would just ignore the elements. Is it working? Nope! Oh well, can’t cry over spilled milk, right? Right! Moving on…
Today, I wanted to cover the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, aka (OCD).
(OCD) can include compulsions and obsessions, but it’s also possible to only have one of the symptoms, and not both at the same time. You may not even realize that you have a compulsion and/or obsession unless someone else notices it.
This was actually brought up to me when I used to work. People referred to me as just being overly orderly, or organized. Some would even call me a “Control Freak.” The fact of the matter was that I was (OCD), and didn’t even realize this until I was diagnosed.
I would literally freak the hell out if someone used something on my desk, and not place it back from where it belonged. Each item had a place and if it was disturbed, I was then disturbed. I was even anal about people touching the files. If they were removed from the cabinets, I preferred filing them back myself for the threat they would be misfiled. These poor people had to deal with me daily. It’s a wonder how no one ever slapped me upside the head with one of those files.
- Fear of contamination or dirt
- Needing things in an orderly fashion and symmetrical
- Aggressive or horrific thoughts about harming yourself, or others
- Unwanted thoughts, including aggression, or sexual or religious subjects
Examples of obsession signs & symptoms include:
- Fear of touching objects that others have touched, and becoming contaminated
- Doubts that you have locked doors, turned off or, unplugged everything in your household.
These routines are anxiety induced if not constantly checked, and re-checked. There are moments that people will check the following at least 3-8 times a day for their own security. If they don’t have control over this obsessive ritual, it can cause great distress to the person.
A person makes up these rituals to control their anxiety when you are having obsessive thoughts. These are considered compulsions, and more often than not realistically related to the problem.
- Washing & cleaning
- Following the strictest of routines
- Demanding reassurances
Examples of compulsive signs and symptoms include:
- Handwashing until your hands become raw
- Repeatedly checking to make sure doors, windows and garages are locked
- Checking to make sure all appliances are unplugged, and stove turned off
- Counting in certain patterns
- Arranging items to face you, such as can items or items in your drawers or medicine cabinet
Tomorrow, I will cover the following causes and risk factors of (OCD). Until then, did you spot what was wrong with this example above? LOL! I did the second I spotted it. Have a great rest of your Hump Day folks!
Take Care & God Bless,
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[Sources & Research provided by Mayo Clinic, Web MD, and Richard Hall Mental Health Center of Somerset County, N.J., worksheets]