You may find yourself often repeating certain behaviours. Or you may have noticed that you worry a lot about seemingly unimportant things. These are obsessions and compulsions that make up Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and cause intense distress. You may also only have tendencies.
Obsessions come as thoughts that occur again and again. Unwanted, these thoughts intrude when you’re trying to do other things. It is the effort to get rid of them that leads to compulsions. These annoying thoughts can include thoughts of contamination, of wanting things to be arranged in a particular way amongst others.
Compulsions, on the other hand, are the behaviours that you feel you must do to overcome the intrusive thoughts. Unfortunately, they are often overboard and fail to keep the thoughts away. Such behaviours include counting, repeating a prayer, washing hands frequently, being strictly orderly, and so much more.
Take this short test to find out if you have OCD. Please answer them as sincerely as possible.
- Do you find it difficult to control your worry?
- Do you have any persistent thoughts that make you uncomfortable?
- Do you have scary thoughts that you might harm yourself or someone you love?
- Do you feel strongly that certain things must be arranged in a certain manner?
- Do you have any repeated behaviours that interfere with your daily routine?
- Do you avoid certain situations because they cause you to have distressing thoughts?
- Do you follow made up rules in order to avoid anxious thoughts?
- Do you strongly fear that you would do something that will embarass you?
- Do you worry often about checking if your door is properly locked?
- Do you feel distressed when your routine is disturbed?
That’s it! If you answered ‘Yes’ to all the above questions, then you may have OCD. It may have already begun to affect your relationships and quality of life. This requires that you see your doctor who will ask further questions and make necessary observations. It is a treatable condition; with therapy, you can learn better ways to handle your anxiety.
Please note that being a perfectionist who wants things to meet their standards is different from having OCD.
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