What is OCD

OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and is very tough to live with.  People who have OCD feel like they are obsessed over every little thing in their life, even if it is not important.


Signs of OCD

People with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder often feel that they need to double or triple check things multiple times.  They may feel that they have unplugged their curling iron, but want to keep double checking just in case they didn’t.  Of course it is important and normal behavior to double check some things if you simply can’t remember, but people with OCD will obsess over these things.

Some people with OCD feel that they need to do things a certain number of times.  For an example, some people need to do things an even or odd number of times or an equivalent amount of something.  For an example, if they shut off their bedroom light twice, they may feel the need to shut off the kitchen light two times as well.

Many people with OCD want their house spotless.  They are not happy when even a pen is not in the same place as they left it.

People with OCD suffer from irrational fears that there are germs everywhere.  They probably wash their hands often and are afraid to touch things in fear that they may pick up some germs.  They may even want to avoid all public places, especially restrooms in fear that they may touch something.


Treatments of OCD

There are many types of treatments and therapies to deal with OCD.  One may never completely get rid of their obsessive behavior, but it is helpful to help deal with it.

One way that people with Obsessive Compulsive Behavior deal with their issues is to face the problem and be exposed to it.  For an example, if someone were afraid of entering a store in fear that they may pick up germs, it is important that they are exposed to it as much as they can.  This will help them understand that their thinking is irrational and they won’t pick up germs at every place they visit.

It is a good idea for people with OCD to write down when they have obsessive thoughts and what they are.  This makes it easier for them to work through it and recognize that these are irrational.  Sometimes people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder cannot come up with a reason why they think the way they do but know it is irrational thinking.  This is one step to improving.  The final step is to figure out why you feel the way you do and working through those problems.


If you or someone in your family has OCD, it is important to recognize it and get treatment for it before it progresses.  Your family may have to adjust and make changes for someone who has OCD and work with them to get past the issue.  With patience and practice, you can get past this problem and live a happier life.