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Dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, can be incredibly difficult. People who suffer from OCD tend to be stuck in a destructive pattern of obsessions followed by compulsions. Obsessions are defined as unwanted fears and thoughts, while compulsions are defined as repetitive behaviors meant to quell anxiety or prevent bad things from happening.
If you are trying to navigate dealing with OCD thoughts, you might try to ignore or even stop your obsessions, but in fact this will likely only increase your anxiety and distress, which can culminate in you performing even more ritualistic behaviors than you were previously. This OCD cycle can be vicious and even become dangerous.
If you suspect you are living with OCD, there are various different signs and symptoms you might want to look out for; these relate to both obsessions and compulsions related to the disorder.
Experts define OCD-related obsessions as unwanted, persistent, and repeated images, thoughts, or urges that are intrusive and cause significant anxiety or even distress.
Some examples of obsessive symptoms might include:
Additionally, OCD related compulsions are defined as repetitive behaviors that individuals feel driven to perform in an attempt to abate anxiety related to their obsessions or in an effort to prevent something bad from occurring. Similar to with obsessions, compulsions tend to have themes, such as:
Some signs related to compulsion might include:
Though it might initially seem like a challenge, overcoming OCD is possible. The International OCD Foundation says that for about 70% of people living with OCD, therapy, medication, or a combination of both will lead to a significant improvement in their symptoms and quality of life.
Our therapists incorporate exposure responsive prevention therapy (the gold standard for OCD treatment) in our OCD group therapy sessions. Our OCD groups will help you habituate to your obsessions and refrain from engaging in compulsions, so you can experience meaningful symptom reduction.Find my groupFind my groupFind my group
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