OCD is one of those terms that some people misuse as a way to describe who like things super-clean, arranged, meticulous or just so. But if you have the actual condition that’s Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), how it affects your life is very real.
OCD usually doesn’t happen all at once. Symptoms start small, and to you, they can seem to be normal behaviors. They can be triggered by a personal crisis, abuse, or something negative that affects you a lot, like the death of a loved one.
It’s more likely if people in your family have OCD or another mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety. Like other mental health problems, people suffering from OCD have both good and bad days and the condition can affect their day to day life. Even though 1-3 % of the population suffer from it, with most of them children, there is so much we don’t know about it. According to researchers, in order to be clinically diagnosed with OCD, the obsessions and compulsions have to occupy a huge part of the person’s life and cause significant distress and as a result impair their daily schedule.
OCD can force people to have disturbing and gruesome thoughts which come in their way and often push them away from seeking treatment or therapy.
People with OCD have recurring urges, thoughts and other unwanted thoughts which cause them great trouble. This can also disturb their sleep schedule and lead to other mental health troubles.
Much like ADHD, patients suffering from OCD often face trouble concentrating on routine tasks and functions as they spend considerable time on their obsessions and urges. Although the two disorders have common symptoms, the treatment options vary for both.
One of the most common and popularized things about OCD is that patients are obsessed with numbers and some are even considered math geniuses.
People suffering from OCD become introvert, unsocial and aloof eventually. Fearing that their obsession may come in the way of relationships and avoid social contact.
While OCD is associated with meticulous details and striving on control and perfection, obsessing with certain tics and routines can take a lot of their time and make them late. This chronic habit can also make some anxious about arriving at the wrong time and forgetting other details.
Let’s not misunderstand OCD for a normal obsession and at the same time, let’s not overlook the prominent symptoms of OCD. Let’s always observe the children’s behavior and help the needy and get them the right treatment they require.