Although researchers estimate that over 2 million people in the country suffer from OCD, only about one third of that number seek treatment. Part of this is because many people do not understand that the symptoms they are experiencing are signs of OCD.
5 Signs of OCD
Symptoms of OCD will often consist of both obsessions and compulsions, but some patients do experience only one. These symptoms also tend to begin gradually, with only one or two mild symptoms at the beginning, which can make it difficult to identify OCD in yourself. If you have noticed any of the following, OCD may be the cause:
- Obsessive Thoughts – These thoughts occur even when you are trying to focus on something else. Among the most common obsessions with OCD are germs and dirt, illnesses, causing harm, sexually explicit thoughts, order and symmetry, religious thoughts, and superstitions.
- Repetitive Behaviors – Needing to check things multiple times or repeating words and actions, especially when you must do them a set number of times, to relieve anxiety is a frequent trait of OCD.
- Hoarding – Accumulating items that have little to no value, or being unable to dispose of items, can be a result of OCD, as well as a few other mental health conditions.
- Avoiding Places or Situations – A person with OCD will often find excuses to avoid situations they think will trigger their OCD. This can also include not wanting to leave your house.
- Challenges at Work – OCD can eventually become strong enough that it interrupts daily activities like work. If your compulsions have started to affect work performance, that can indicate OCD.
Other mood disorders such as depression or generalized anxiety disorder, as well as general feelings of shame, guilt, and helplessness in the face OCD symptoms are common. If you are experiencing these alongside any of the above signs, a psychiatrist can identify if OCD may be the cause.
Living with OCD can be a challenge, but it is not one that you have to face on your own. For OCD treatment in Dallas, Dr. Sehdev at Aware Behavioral Health takes the time to understand your symptoms and determine if it is OCD or another mental health condition that is creating difficulties for you. He can then respond with a range of therapies to help you feel more in control of your life. Contact us via phone or email to share more about your experiences.