OCD Symptoms VS Something Else

Children, women, and men, of all ethnicities, races, and socioeconomic status are affected equally by OCD which has its basis in neurobiology. Across the globe, the World Health Organization finds that OCD is actually one of the 20 top causes of disability related to illness for the population between the ages of 15 and 44 years. In the United States alone, there are at least 1 in 100 children who are affected by OCD and 1 in 40 adults who are affected. That's some interesting odds, when you think about it.

By now, you've heard that OCD is based on obsessive thoughts and gestures. People with OCD behave in ways they feel they can't control when they are facing a trigger. But, how do you know when you're just the butt of a joke or whether you truly suffer from OCD?

It's easy to think of yourself or a friend like the character in a movie who's plagued by obsessive cleaning or organizing. Here's a little break down of what OCD is and isn't to help clue you in.

People who have OCD find that they have thoughts, images, or impulses that are obsessive and persistent, often uncontrollable, disturbing, unwanted and intrusive to their daily life. As a response related to the stress brought on by these obsessions, people tend to develop habits, rituals, or "ticks" that help them deal with the distress. They may count things, knock a certain number of times, tap, turn things on and off repeatedly, lock and unlock, say a certain phrase, compulsively clean and organize, et cetera.

It seems for most, the relief they get from carrying out these rituals is short lived and they're back at it again, going in a cycle of frenzy that they seemingly can't escape. OCD is not however just a catch all, a descriptor used blatantly to pick up anything that might be considered an obsessive behavior.

If you're worried you have OCD, do some more research and talk to family friends. Or, go straight to your medical provider to see where you might be at.

N.D. "Facts about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder". Beyond OCD. (website). 2018
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