Have you ever noticed that you’re very particular about certain things, or that you like to be in control? Do things have to be a “certain way” for you to feel at ease? If so, you may have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Millions of Americans struggle with OCD every year – and if it’s not treated early on, other problems could arise.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that involves an unhealthy cycle of obsessions (unwanted thoughts) and compulsions (repeated actions). For example, a person with OCD could find themselves needing to knock on the door a certain number of times before they wait for a person to answer it. They may also like things organized in a certain way and feel extreme anxiety if they’re not able to organize the way they need to.
Types of OCD
OCD comes in many forms and may look different from one person to the next. People with OCD have different “obsessions” and “compulsions” that can affect their lives in different ways.
Can you relate to any of these types of OCD?
- Contamination: Sincere, excessive worries about coming across germs, blood pathogens, or other bodily fluids
- Losing control: A deep fear of accidentally harming someone else, going “crazy,” going “off the deep end,” or similar ideals
- Harm: Worrying about causing harm or being responsible for hurting someone else
- Perfectionism: Concerns with evenness or exactness, worrying about needing to know or remember things, or fear of forgetting important information
- Unwanted sexual thoughts: Fear of sexual thoughts or perverse images in one’s head, worries about homosexuality, fears of sexual thoughts towards children and other types of perversion, or a deep worry about being aggressively sexual towards others
- Religious obsessions: Overly concerned with offending God or another higher power, or an intense desire to avoid being morally “wrong”
Don’t Manage OCD Alone
People with OCD often recognize that their obsessions and compulsions are problematic, and some become even more distressed by the realization of their own behavior. But there is hope – Avalon Malibu can help you learn to control your OCD with treatment and mental health management techniques, so you can lead a happier, healthier life.
If you believe you may have OCD, speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today.
Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at (844) 857-5992 for a consultation. It’s never too late to start your journey.