For those who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), hearing others talk about how “obsessed” or “OCD” they are seems like it’s minimizing this true mental health disorder. OCD is a diagnosable, mental health disorder; it’s not a preference toward orderliness you can turn on or off. While certainly many non-OCD people experience a strong feeling of anxiety around a topic, or might participate in a compulsion (thinking of you, sports fan who wears the same jersey every game without washing it), the defining aspect of OCD is excessiveness, feelings that take over and interfere with everyday life.
Here are a few ways to know if you or a loved one’s OCD needs the professional help of an OCD intensive outpatient program, like at Lighthouse Recovery in Dallas.
- All consuming
For some with OCD, the obsessions (uncontrolled, recurring thoughts interfering with your day) and compulsions (thoughts or behaviors someone with OCD uses to make the negative feelings of the obsession go away or be minimized) can be all-consuming. They may be unable to escape their obsessive thoughts, and play out or replay scenarios where something bad could happen. The compulsions may be extremely time-consuming, as a myriad of steps might need to be taken in an exact order, otherwise the process needs to begin again. Some with OCD feel an intense need to control outcomes, like ensuring they give their partner a vitamin at the exact same time each day, with the exact number of fruits and vegetables needed, otherwise the partner will die. It can be incredibly crippling and daunting living with OCD, and our team at Lighthouse Recovery wants to help.