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How Do I Know If I Have OCD?

How Do I Know If I Have OCD?

Obsessive compulsive disorder typically takes one of two forms because the disorder is comprised of two distinct processes: obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. People might live with intrusive, obsessive thoughts, but never take action on any compulsive behaviors. On the other hand, people may act compulsively, but not have the severity of obsessive thinking that others do. Of course, there are some who live with both obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors combined.

The general public is often misinformed about mental illnesses, including obsessive compulsive disorder. Famous media depictions of the disorder commonly include preoccupation with cleanliness, order, or repetitive behaviors. Short films or short episodes of a TV show full of only brief moments cannot fully encompass what it is like to live with OCD, along a scale of experiences from mild to moderate to severe.

Living with untreated OCD as a professional can take a great toll on your personal and professional life. Your need to act on your compulsions, to control your obsessive thoughts, and to hide what goes on in your mind from others- is exhausting. Know that you are not alone in your struggles, even if you have turned to abusing drugs or alcohol to cope.

You Have Thoughts You Don’t Feel You Can Trust

Disturbing thoughts are often par for the course in living with OCD. You can hardly admit some of thoughts you’ve had to yourself, let alone to someone else. Thoughts of hurting yourself or hurting others feel like more than fleeting thoughts gone wrong. Whereas other people may laugh off or quickly let go of such thoughts, you feel as though you can’t trust your mind in this way. Constantly, you live in fear that you may act on thoughts of bringing harm. Many people experience unwanted sexual thoughts, thoughts about catching diseases, and more. If you live with compulsions, you may feel the need to participate in certain behaviors in order to relieve that fear.

You Need Things To Be Exact

Repetitive behaviors, counting, asymmetry, double checking, and other compulsive behaviors are done to relieve the obsessive thoughts, especially the ones you don’t feel you can trust. Something inside of your mind tells you that if you just do this or you just do that a certain amount of times in a certain way, the thoughts aren’t true, the thoughts don’t make you a bad person, and the thoughts will go away.

Substance Abuse

Living with untreated OCD is stressful. It is not uncommon for men and women living with OCD to turn to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to cope.

The Center For Professional Recovery in Santa Monica, California, offers treatment programs specifically catered to professionals with co-occurring OCD and addiction issues. Call us today for information on our Professionals Treatment Program and how we can help you find your way back to freedom: 855-422-4129

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