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Can The Way You Work Reveal Signs of OCD?

Can The Way You Work Reveal Signs of OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects approximately 1 in 40 adults in the United States; as an anxiety disorder, it can impact nearly every aspect of daily life – including work. Many people associate OCD with being very “particular” or “organized”, but it can stem much further than this. Obsessions in OCD are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images, or urges that cause very distressing feelings. Examples of this may be concerning cleanliness, one’s sexual orientation, one’s religiousness, order and/or symmetry, and more. Compulsions are the actions that a person takes in order to try and relieve the distress that arises from obsessions; examples of this may include washing and cleaning, doing or saying something a specific number of times, seeking reassurance from someone, consistently organizing, and more.

Since OCD can reveal itself in every aspect of daily living, it’s quite possible that you may be able to recognize the signs of this in your workplace. Dr. Jan Weiner, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in New York City, states that for people with OCD, intrusive thoughts may become distracting, thereby reducing a person’s ability to concentrate on the tasks at hand. If a person has obsessions that relate to coworkers or supervisors, a person may avoid those people or even places that could trigger those feelings of distress. Dr. Weiner told,

“They don’t disclose their struggles to coworkers or family members. They’re able to maintain high functioning, normal lives while suffering with an extremely challenging secret.”

A 2016 study published in the journal Psychological Research sought to explore mind-wandering for those with OCD; a total of 2,636 individuals participated in the study, and completed several instrument evaluations on intentional versus spontaneous mind wandering. Overall, researchers found that deliberate mind wandering was not associated with OCD – but spontaneous mind wandering was. Four diverse types of OCD were explored within this study (contamination, responsibility for harm and mistakes, unacceptable thoughts, and symmetry/completeness), and spontaneous mind-wandering was found for all types.

At work, do you find yourself obsessing over certain thoughts? Examples of this may include cleanliness or organization of the office, worries concerning a certain coworker, checking your emails, intense distress and worrying thoughts related to making a mistake, and more. For most people, OCD symptoms are apparent at home and school as well, making treatment a vital component of recovery. OCD is treatable, but requires some time with a therapist using interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy (DBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), and more.

If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about programs to best suit your needs. Recovery is possible.

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