what is ocd

Symptoms, treatment and self-help for OCD

It’s normal, on occasion, to go back and double-check that the iron is unplugged or your car is locked. Unfortunately if you suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours become so excessive they interfere with your daily life. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to shake them. With treatment and self-help strategies, you can unshackle unwanted thoughts and irrational urges and take back control of your life.

Common compulsive behaviours in OCD include:

  • Excessive double-checking of things, such as locks, appliances, and switches
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  • Repeatedly checking in on loved ones to make sure they’re safe
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  • Counting, tapping, repeating certain words, or doing other senseless things to reduce anxiety.
  • Spending a lot of time washing or cleaning
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  • Ordering or arranging things “just so”
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  • Praying excessively or engaging in rituals triggered by religious fear.
  • Accumulating “junk” such as old newspapers or empty food containers.