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Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD - Obsessions

OCD Obsessions are exaggerated versions of concerns or worries that most people have at some point.

They may include:

  • fear of germs, dirt, or poisons etc.
  • fear of illness, accidents or death. These lead to a sense of responsibility for preventing the harm.
  • concern with symmetry and orderliness
  • excessive concerns with illness, morality, and religious issues
  • needing to know and remember things

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OCD Obsessions are Unresponsive to Logic

Obsessions may constantly be on the mind of the person with OCD.  They can be triggered my objects, situations, smells or even something heard on television or in a conversation.  Obsessions can change in nature and severity and do not respond to logic.  Obsessional anxiety leads one to have a compelling need for control and certainty.  These obsessions can produce feelings varying from annoyance, discomfort, distress, disgust and panic.

Symptoms of OCD Compulsions

Compulsions Prevent Fear

Compulsions can be actions or thoughts.  Compulsions are repetitive actions often carried out in a pattern or according to specific rules.  Compulsions are usually performed to prevent a fear from happening, or to reduce anxiety the obsessive thoughts create, or to simply, make things feel “right”.

Examples of OCD Compulsions

Compulsions include:

  • excessive handwashing, showering, or tooth brushing
  • excessive cleaning of the house, car, and other areas
  • uncontrolled checking of locks, electrical appliances, and other things associated with safety
  • applying rigid rules to patterns and placement of objects, furniture, books, clothes, and other items
  • touching, tapping, or moving in a particular way or at certain times
  • mentally repeating numbers or words
  • replacing a “bad thought” with a “good thought”
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Depression & OCD

Usually, compulsions follow rules and patterns and involve constant repetition.  Compulsions provide relief to anxiety on the short term.  However long-term they reinforce anxiety making the obsession seem more real. OCD can profoundly affect one’s life. Compulsions and obsessions may take up many hours in a person’s life, interfering with family and relationships.  They can also lead to a negative effect on education or employment.  

When OCD becomes more severe, avoiding certain issues may increase the problems.  The person tries to avoid things that may trigger their obsessive fears.  OCD can make it difficult to perform everyday activities such as eating, drinking, shopping or reading and may lead to one becoming housebound.  Depression often accompanies OCD as well as anxiety disorders including social anxiety, panic disorder, and separation anxiety.

Treatment for OCD

Compulsions Prevent Fear

  • psychological treatments such as cognitive behavior therapy
  • anxiety management techniques
  • support groups and education
  • medications

OCD Medications

Medications for OCD such as antidepressants affecting the serotonin system can reduce the symptoms you may experience.  These medications can only be prescribed by a medical practitioner.  

Side effects of antidepressants include nausea, headaches, dry mouth, blurred vision, dizziness, and tiredness.  These usually decline after the first weeks of treatment.  It usually takes several weeks for these medications to render any effect.

Southern Ketamine Clinics is your preferred option for PTSD, Depression, & Anxiety Disorder Treatment

Southern Ketamine Clinics
1212 Hendersonville Rd | Suite D | Asheville | NC 28803

Southern Ketamine Clinics
2768 Georgia Rd | Franklin | NC 28734

Southern Ketamine Clinics
209 Hospital Drive | Suite 202 | Highlands | NC 28741

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