Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

It’s normal, on occasion, to go back and double-check whether the iron is unplugged, the gas knob is turned off or your car is locked. That’s called being cautious in life. But if you keep doing it over and over again and even when you have stopped checking, it goes around your head making you anxious then it’s a very good sign that you are suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). For example, you may check the gas 20 times to make sure it’s really turned off or clean a particular area over and over again. If you suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, the thoughts and behaviours become so excessive and strong that they start to interfere with your daily life. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to shake them. May be the attempt of keeping your house spotless or being particular about how things were arranged seemed fascinating once but it may turn terrifyingif OCD turns in. This post will help you understand everything about the disorder.

What is OCD?

OCD is a brain and behaviour disorder which involves obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions refer to repetitive or unwanted thoughts, images or impulses which feel to be uncontrollable. If one has OCD, he or she will probably recognize that the obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours are irrational—but even then, the individual will be unable to resist them and break free. Unfortunately, the obsessive thoughts are often disturbing and are usually accompanied by intense feelings of fear, disgust, doubt or a feeling that things need to be done in a particular manner.

Signs and symptoms of OCD

Just because you have obsessive thoughts or perform compulsive behaviours may not always mean that you have obsessive-compulsive disorder. Also, sometimes you may not even realize that your obsessions and compulsions are excessive or unreasonable until they take up a great deal of time, interfere with your daily functioning and leave you stressed for irrational things.

Some common obsessive thoughts include:

  • Fear of being contaminated by germs or dirt or contaminating others
  • Fear of losing control and harming others
  • Fear of making mistakes
  • Extreme focus on religious or moral ideas
  • Fear of thinking evil or sinful thoughts
  • Fear of losing or not having things you might need
  • Being superstitions, giving excessive attention to something considered lucky or unlucky

Common compulsive behaviours include:

  • Excessive checking of things, such as locks, appliances, and switches
  • Repeatedly bathing, showering, or washing hands
  • Refusing to shake hands or touch doorknobs
  • Constant counting, tapping, repeating certain words, or doing other senseless things to reduce anxiety
  • Repeatedly making lists, counting, arranging, or aligning things
  • Repeating routine actions until it feels just right
  • Constantly arranging things in a certain way
  • Praying excessively or engaging in rituals triggered by religious fear
  • Repeatedly seeking reassurance
  • Unfounded fear of having a serious disease
  • Collecting and hoarding useless objects


OCD is primarily treated with medicines that help reduce excessive thought processes and enable an individual to reduce compulsive habits. Psychotherapy is also frequently used. It is very important to consult a psychiatrist or therapist to determine the right course of treatment. A combination of medication and psychotherapy works best but it completely varies from person to person. Psychotherapy helps one to overcome unnecessary beliefs – such as fear of contamination or fear of having a serious disease which lead to OCD. Family and loved ones can also learn specific ways to encourage a person with OCD. Their support is important and equally helpful.

We at Cafe Counsel offer online counselling and therapy and so far we have worked with numerous clients who are now living a normal life after treatment. We are equipped with the knowledge and training to help our clients get over with this disorder. To get in touch, Write to connect@cafecounsel.com or chat with experts now.

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