Even if you think you have obsessive-compulsive disorder, you do not need to get scared. It is estimated that on any year almost 1.2% of adults in the US have OCD.
What is OCD?
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a type of disorder that compels a person to initiate a certain behavior repeatedly. Related to anxiety, the individual only feels relieved when they get to do such activities.
Some key symptoms of this disorder are uncontrollable obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. This can include fear of germs, obsession for perfection and repetitive violent thoughts.
- Do you feel the need to check if things are always in their perfect order?
- Wonder frequently there’ll be a bad consequence if you stop repeating a certain habit?
- Do you find yourself having repetitive thoughts that lead to anxiety?
- Do you have specific habits such as cleaning, counting and checking that give you relief for a short period of time?
- Have your obsessive behaviors affected your work life, family and relationships in any way?
Answers and Interpretation
If most of your answers were a ‘no’, you do not have OCD! But, if most of your answers were a ‘yes’, it means that your behaviors incline towards OCD!
However, you must understand that not all habits are compulsions. Everyone does check certain things more than once such as making sure that your gas stove is off or you have locked your door well before going out.
Here are some more guidelines to know if you have OCD or not. If you:
- Can’t control your thoughts or behaviors, even when you are aware that those thoughts or behaviors are excessive
- Do spend at least 1 hour a day on certain thoughts or behaviors
- Don’t get pleasure when performing the behaviors or rituals, but may feel brief relief from the anxiety the thoughts cause.
- face significant problems in your daily life due to certain repetitive thoughts or behavior.
Then you may be suffering from OCD. This test only doesn’t confirm a proper diagnosis. You can visit your doctor if you are unsure.
If you answered yes to most of the questions we provided, and see most of the signs that we noted in our guidelines visit a doctor. Do you see these signs on someone you know? Tell them. Take them to a doctor. OCD is curable.
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