People have certain quirks, but how do you know they’re just unique personality traits and not something more serious? Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that’s characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. While there are many signs and symptoms of OCD, the following are among the most common.
A telling sign of OCD is consistent hand-washing or constant use of hand sanitizer. Many people who participate in this behavior even go so far as to develop very dry, cracked, and even bleeding skin. The fear of picking up germs and getting sick makes people with OCD engage is such repetitive behavior.
People who are obsessive-compulsive and who fall within the “hand-washing” category also tend to be compulsive cleaners. Much like with hand-washing, cleaning the house is often a way of alleviating germaphobia. However, even though cleaning can help get rid of these obsessive thoughts (temporarily), the urge to clean is usually even stronger the next time.
Certain OCD patients perform tasks that follow a certain pattern, such as counting. This could involve counting anything from stairs, dishes, or number of doors passed. This superstitious-type behavior is sparked by the idea that something will be off or something bad will happen if they don’t stop after a certain number has been reached.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder can interfere with you living a normal life. If you have the disorder and need help overcoming it, visit www.slbmi.com today.