*Disclaimer* – I am not a medically trained professional therefore if you are concerned about your mental health or another person’s mental health then please seek professional advice. This is from what I know from my own personal experience of the disorder.
It was OCD Awareness Week last week so I’ve decided to do a quick post on 10 things you should know about OCD, in my opinion and in my own experience. I’ll be doing some more posts like this over the coming weeks about anxiety, CBT and alternative techniques for recovery.
Trigger warning – discusses subjects that can trigger OCD tendencies.
OCD is a common mental health problem throughout the world. It has had it’s fair share of stigma and here are the 10 things you should know about OCD, coming from someone with the disorder.
- OCD stands for obsessive compulsive disorder.
- OCD is not all about cleaning. It can be about numbers, order, germs etc.
- It affects people in different ways – OCD affects everyone differently.
- The obsessive part of the disorder is to do with thoughts, images or urges and the compulsive part is to do with behaviours.
- There are many different types of OCD – contamination, checking, hoarding, intrusive thoughts…
- There is no definitive cause of OCD – it can be biological, genetic, behavioural, cognitive, or environmental or a mixture.
- It affects people’s lives dramatically and causes significant distress.
- OCD can be treated with therapy or medication – people can learn to manage it.
- OCD can be correlated closely with anxiety like mine is.
- The disorder has a repetitive cycle – the unpleasant thoughts/images come, a person gets anxious, they do a behaviour (compulsion) to relieve it, then once the compulsion has been done the person may feel relieved.
I hope this has helped you understand OCD better.