How to Recognize and Help Someone Suffering from OCD

The term obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, is thrown around a lot. People use it  when discussing a particular action, habit, or ritual but rarely understand what they are saying. Obsessive compulsive disorder is a physiological issue that should be dealt with  in a serious and professional manner. Are you prepared to identify and recognize the signs of OCD?

A Clinical Look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD is a psychological disorder that causes individuals to experience obsessive thoughts that lead to repetitive and unnecessary actions. They believe these behaviors will counteract the distress caused by the thoughts they experience. Signs and symptoms of OCD can begin as early as the age of six and almost always become apparent before the age of 40. How is it then that OCD is so widely unrecognized by friends, loved ones, and family members?

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Tips for Recognizing the Signs of OCD

It is imperative that you understand the signs and symptoms of OCD to help those around you. It will allow you to communicate and encourage treatment. Here are a few tips:

  • Unhealthy preoccupation with details. The majority of individuals are big-picture people. That means overarching issues far surpass the importance of minor details. However, for those with OCD, the opposite is true. The tiny details, rules, and specifications are the important part. If you notice a loved one spends far too much time worrying about, contemplating, or dealing with tiny details, it could be a sign of OCD.
  • The need for perfection. There is nothing wrong with wanting and expecting good results, but when unrealistic pursuits of perfection become the main goal, something is wrong. People who suffer from OCD often seek perfection to the point that it interferes with normal functioning and everyday tasks.
  • A lack of flexibility. Individuals with OCD are often rigid and set in their ways. When something doesn’t align with how they prefer, they will not adjust to meet rising challenges – under any circumstances. Sufferers of OCD often pursue “their way” even when it’s harmful to their physical or emotional health.
  • Constant checking. People with OCD often exhibit signs of constant checking and repeated actions. For example, an individual may retie his or her shoelaces every five minutes. This is a sign of an obsessive thought matched with a compulsive need to relieve a certain anxiety.
  • Fear of change. Because many sufferers of OCD are set in their ways, altering plans or routines can be a major issue. They often fear change and spend time constantly checking to ensure everything is in the same place and arranged a certain way.

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At Bridges to Recovery, we offer highly advanced obsessive compulsive disorder treatment for individuals of all ages and lifestyles. Using a unique, individualized approach and the experience of our highly specialized team of physicians and therapists, we help patients understand the underlying cause of their disorder and establish plans for recovery and healing. For more information on our facilities, programs, and treatment options, contact us today.