Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurring, unwanted thoughts and ideas (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that attempt to get rid of the obsessions or decrease the distress.  

In order for a diagnosis of OCD to be made, the cycle of obsessions and compulsions must be so extreme that it consumes a lot of time and significantly interferes with a person’s daily activities and social interactions.

Some common obsessions in OCD include:

  • Contamination by germs, body fluids, household cleaners, radiation,etc.
  • Losing control and acting on an impulse could cause harm
  • Fear of being responsible for something terrible happening or harming others because of not being careful enough
  • Unwanted sexual thoughts
  • Concern with offending God
  • Excessive concern with right/wrong or morality
  • Concern with getting an illness or disease
  • Superstitious ideas about numbers, colors 

Some examples of compulsions:

  • Excessive washing, showering, household cleaning
  • Repeating routine activities, body movements, or activities in “multiples”
  • Checking rituals to reduce the fear of harm (checking to be sure a dooris locked, or stove has been turned off)
  • Ordering and arranging objects so they are “just so”
  • Mental review of events to prevent harm, praying to prevent harm
  • Putting things in order or arranging things until it “feels right”
  • Telling, asking, or confessing to get reassurance
  • Avoiding situations that might trigger obsessions

The following resources are provided to you as you pursue and progress through treatment: