Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder is characterized by a grouping of symptoms that include obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors (rituals) that are linked in ways that may or may not make sense to non-sufferers. (Example: I am afraid of school violence so I drive around the block of my child's school four times per day to help my child stay safe.)
People who suffer from Hoarding Disorder have a form of OCD. (Example: I am afraid of being deprived, so I save everything in case I need it later.)
A person with OCD may experience:
- distressing thoughts, obsessions
- an overwhelming desire to perform certain repetitive behaviors or rituals
- distress over their thoughts and behaviors
- (sometimes) temporary relief from the thoughts while performing the behaviors
- people who suffer from OCD usually know and understand that their behavior is not within 'normal' limits and are distressed by their inability to stop
Codependency (characterized by thoughts of personal unworthiness with a compulsion to please and be liked by others) can be considered an offshoot of OCD.
Often (though not always) we see that OCD is a trauma response. Trauma focused therapy is often the most successful form of therapy in treating all variations of OCD.
For more information on OCD, visit the International OCD Foundation's website.
If you think you or someone you love is suffering from OCD, Hoarding or Codependency, please call. There is help.
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