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10 Signs You May Have Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

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As per WHO (World Health Organisation), About 2% of the world’s population suffer from OCD which is roughly 1 in 50 people. OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) is a type of anxiety disorder that causes obsessive and compulsive thoughts to a person. This article highlights the various types of symptoms that are associated with OCD. Listed below are 10 signs you may have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

10 Signs You May Have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Washing hands

One of the most common signs of OCD is washing hands more often. The individual who experience this sign of OCD is preoccupied about being contaminated. This thought can stem after shaking hands with a person or just a thought of being contaminated. This prolonged thoughts might end up with washing hands excessively.

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  • Frequent checking

Double checking things once in a while is a  normal behavior, what if the same person performs it repeatedly for more number of times. The individual with this type of symptom constantly feel like check things repeatedly such as checking whether the door locked or not, it can be whether the oven turned off or not.

. Without completing those specific patterns which they follow, he/ she can’t start or stop a work. Rather, they might constantly preoccupied with the thought to check.

  • Obsessive cleaning

The individual have this sign are obsessed with cleaning things. After all the scrub, clean and shine they won’t feel like done with it. This obsessive activity is due to their feeling of being contaminated. Hence the individual become more obsessed with cleanliness things for a prolonged period of time.

  • Counting

Individual with sign of ocd performs tasks according to some specific numeric count or pattern. For instances, it might be counting the stairs cases while climbing,  waking into the tile boxes or sometimes it could be more dangerous behaviour such as apply break for some number of times while driving vehicle.

  • Perfectionism

Yes! extreme unhealthy form of perfectionism is a sign of OCD. They can’t resist their urge to patterainse the improper arrangements, also they will have their own reason for their compulsive actions. It can be such things like the person might feel his /her loved one will die or get hurt, if a random object isn’t arranged in a proper way. This situation makes the individual to feel intense anxiety and stress, which may lead to compulsiveness.

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  • Dwell on relationship

The person may excessively worried or stressed about future events on what could go wrong to them. As a result, the person may tend to do dwelling in the relationship. Eventually, they might end up with stress and overthinking. For instance, a small misunderstanding might make them to wind-up the entire relationship permanently. Irrespective to the bond, it could be their loved one, family member or co-worker.  

  • Asking for frequent reassurance

Asking opinion to others is a normal behaviour and nothing wrong in it. When the reassurance creeps for more times repeatedly, then it could be a red flag.

This obsessive action may be due to the anxious overthinking of their insecurity. Examples for such cases could be asking friends to come home and repeatedly asking them ‘does the house looks dirty?’ or remarking their embarrassing situation and reassuring their action towards it.

  • Obsessed about their body

Most Often, this particular sign of OCD aren’t aware among people. The person might feel their body looks unattractive and abnormal. This mindset makes them to undergo plastic surgeries multiple times. This obsession is known as BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder) such obsession thoughts are associated with the signs of OCD.  

  • Unusual sex thoughts

The individual may experience obsessive thoughts such as having sex with a stranger, groping co-worker, abusing a younger one or doubting themselves whether they are gay or straight (or vice versa). In some other cases, the person may have obsessive thoughts on tabooed sexual behaviours. All these behavioural signs comes under OCD.

  • Lack of control over obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviour

The individual might feel intense stress and anxiety due to their obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviour. These actions and thoughts not only hamper the mental well-being also it tends to take toll in physical symptoms such as a severe headache, sleep issues and preoccupied thinking. If you find any of these symptoms with your loved one, don’t hesitate to reach to a professional help. Early interventions of treatments and therapies might reduce the risk of OCD. Call us for the appointments @ +91 96111 94949.

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