Do you have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?
- Have you been bothered by intrusive thoughts or images that are unwanted, distasteful, inappropriate, intrusive, or distressing? E.g., feeling dirty or worrying about contamination; a need for objects to be ordered in a certain way; fear of something bad happening because of something that you did or didn’t do; repeated doubts (e.g., wondering if you hurt someone in a traffic accident, that you left the stove on, or didn’t lock the door); aggressive, sexual, or horrific impulses (e.g., hurting a child, shouting an obscenity).
- Are there behaviours (e.g., hand washing, checking, ordering), mental acts (e.g., praying, counting, repeating words), or other rituals you feel compelled to do?
- Are these actions intended to “neutralize” the distress associated with the obsession or to prevent a dreaded situation or outcome from occurring?
What are “obsessions”?
What are “compulsions”?
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment can help you to :
- Feel less distressed about intrusive thoughts
- More capable of resisting the urge to complete compulsions or rituals
- Find more constructive ways of filling up your time, e.g., by enjoying hobbies
Why Obsessive Compulsive Disorder treatment is important?
Obsessive thoughts can be very distressing, and the compulsions used to neutralize these thoughts can be very time consuming. As a result, completing OCD rituals can take up a significant portion of your day making it hard to complete other tasks. OCD can get in the way of completing your work or schoolwork, make it difficult to socialize with friends or loved ones, and can even make it hard to do things like leave the house or have people over.