Understanding OCD


Shannon Martin, Writer/Editor

In today’s culture, the phrase “OMG, I’m so OCD” comes out of every other person’s mouth. However, most of these people do not really have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, they are simply being meticulous about a certain thing. OCD is actually identified as “unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsession) leading one to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions)”. Those with OCD may or may not realize whether their thoughts and fears are rational or not.

Obsessions have themes. People with OCD usually refer their thoughts and fears to a theme, such as fear of dirt, a need to have things orderly, fears of harming yourself or others, or unwanted thoughts (aggression).

The compulsions one has go along with the obsession. These include:

  • Washing and cleaning
  • Counting
  • Checking
  • Demanding reassurance
  • Following strict routines

About 3.3 million adults and 1 million children in the U.S. have OCD. It affects men and women equally, usually appearing in adolescence, and affects people of every race and socioeconomic background.

Though the exact cause of OCD is unknown, there are ways to ease the symptoms of those affected. The two kinds include psychotherapy (exposure and response, and cognitive behavioral) and medication (antidepressants).

If you think you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, make an appointment with your doctor. They will evaluate you and tell you what the next step to take is if you indeed have it. Seek ways to help yourself, as well. Stay motivated and keep your goals in mind, not letting OCD slow you down. Know your triggers, if there is no way to avoid them, consult your doctor on coping skills.

There are also places on social media to soothe one’s OCD. Some include:

OCD Twitter, satisfying food pictures on Instagram, and satisfying online pictures and gifs.