How do I know if I have OCD…?
OCD is a type of anxiety disorder that generally includes two parts: the mental (“obsessive”) part, and the behavioral (“compulsive”) part.
Mentally, it can feel like your brain never shuts off, constantly slinging unwanted or disturbing thoughts at you. If you have OCD your thoughts may feel “out of control” and irrational, and you may engage in superstitious or repetitive thinking loops. Obsessive thoughts can take many forms, including harm to yourself or others, contamination, sexual themes, relationship concerns, or health worries.
Behaviorally, compulsions refer to repetitive or ritualistic actions a person feels driven to perform to control thoughts, reduce anxiety, or prevent something “bad” from happening. Compulsive behaviors may include things like hand-washing, bathing, “knocking,” continually checking, counting, seeking reassurance, mental planning, rearranging, or ritualistic behaviors.
OCD doesn’t have to run your life.
Effective treatment can help you take control of your OCD. The most effective form of therapy is a form of CBT called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, which involves gradually exposing a person to their obsessive thoughts and helping them learn to manage their anxiety and compulsive behaviors.
Types of OCD
Some of the more common forms of OCD we treat include:
- Contamination OCD
- Scrupulosity OCD
- Intrusive Thoughts
- Harm OCD
- “Just Right” OCD
- Perfectionistic OCD
- Sexual OCD
- Checking OCD