OCD is a term used for the obsessive- compulsive disorder. In this condition, unrealistic thoughts and ideas manifest themselves in your mind so much so that you are pushed to do certain conducts to get rid of them or divert them. These thoughts and ideas and behaviors interfere with your day to day life greatly.(1)
Is Anger A Symptom Of OCD?
According to a study conducted in 2011, anger is a very common symptom of OCD. Almost half the people suffering from OCD are affected by anger. You may get angry because these thoughts and behaviors cannot be prevented by you or if someone or something disturbs your plan of carrying out compulsive behavior.(2)
Can You Fully Recover From OCD?
OCD cannot be completely cured. However, with proper treatment, the condition can be controlled, and the symptoms can be reduced. It is better to start treatment as early as possible so that you get better results.(3)
Symptoms Of OCD
OCD usually presents with symptoms for both – obsessions and compulsions. However, it may be possible that one may present with either of the two. You may feel that your thoughts and behavior are reasonable and are harmless. However, in reality, they may take up a great deal of your time in the day to day life and interfere significantly with your routine.
Symptoms Of Obsession
Obsessions are unwanted and repetitive thoughts or desires that are persistent and intrusive. In order to get rid of these thoughts, you may perform a compulsive behavior or action. These desires and thoughts usually encroach when you attempt to do or think of other things.
Obsessions are usually related to a theme. Like, you may have-
Fear of pollution, infection or dirt
A need or desire for things to be symmetrical or organized in a certain way
Violent thoughts that focus on harming yourself or others
Undesirable thoughts that may include violence, sexual desires, religious thoughts, etc.
Symptoms Of Compulsion
Compulsions are such actions that you feel pushed to perform or do. These actions are actually meant to decrease or arrest the anxiety caused due to the obsessions. However, performing these acts may relieve you of your anxiety only temporarily.
You may come up with an act or behavior that you feel might control your obsessive thoughts. Also, these acts might not be really connected to the obsession that you actually feel.
Compulsions are also related to themes. Like you may feel like –
- Cleaning or washing your hands excessively, until they become raw
- Checking repeatedly on things like the doorknob or stove switch etc.
- Counting things, again and again, to make sure the score is right or counting in a particular pattern
- Having an orderliness to everything, even a slight deviation in the placement of cushions can make you super upset
- Following a rigorous routine
- Repeating a chant or prayer continuously
- Insisting on reassurances again and again
The symptoms of OCD tend to vary from mild to moderate to severe. It is usually diagnosed in the teenage or early adult years and is considered a lifelong condition. The severity of the symptoms may vary through life, though.
Without treatment, a mild form of OCD might improve. However, moderate to severe forms of OCD do not improve without treatment and often tend to get worse over time, if left unattended. Correct and timely treatment can control and improve the symptoms of OCD significantly, thereby improving the quality of life.(1)
OCD refers to a condition that presents with irrational ideas and wants which are called obsessions and repetitive behavior or action is known as compulsions. These ideas and acts interfere significantly with your day to day activities and can compromise your physical health, mental health, work and relationships substantially.
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