Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is an anxiety disorder. Please keep in mind that this list is by no means a complete list of the possible symptoms an individual can experience. Also, it can be very hard to identify compulsions and obsessions in ourselves and our loved ones if you are not a psychologist. Chances are, if you think something is wrong, you are right. Feel free to call with any questions about whether or not therapy is necessary. There is no fee for a consultation via telephone.
The information below includes information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM–5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013).
Signs of OCD
Thoughts, urges, or images that seem to intrude on your mind and that are distressing
A feeling that you continue to have thoughts, feelings, or urges that you do not want but cannot keep away
Attempts to suppress thoughts, urges, images, or feeling like you have to stop the urge by completing some routine or behavior
Repetitive behaviors or mental acts that you feel you have to do.
The behaviors or mental acts are done in order to reduce anxiety or to prevent something that you dread from happening. Please note that young people are often unable to explain why they are doing the behaviors or mental acts.
The behaviors, acts, or routines are time consuming and interfere with quality of life or ability to fulfill duties.
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.
Struggling with mental health is common. The earlier you get treatment the easier it will be to get better. See below for signs and descriptions of OCD.