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OCD What Is It?
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OCD What is It?

If you clicked this article, you probably either know someone who is suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or you yourself suffer from it. Either way, knowledge is the most important thing. I have learned that knowledge is like a shield and spear against OCD symptoms, and the more knowledge you take in, the easier it becomes to block and pierce through compulsive habits/thoughts.

What really is OCD?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be looked at like this diagram. A...B...C, the sufferer now wonders, "did I go through B? Did I skip it? A...B...C I'd better say it again, to make sure." It is an endless cycle. Except its thoughts like, Did I turn off the stove? Did I say something wrong? Did I hit a pedestrian? Did I hurt someone? Did I wash my hands good enough?

The thoughts are exhausting and can last long periods at a time. There are symptoms like:

  • Compulsive Washing
  • Checking
  • Compulsive Morbid Thoughts

There are more, but those are the ones I am most personally familiar with. I intend to write three articles:

  • Compulsive Morbid/Intrusive Thoughts: How to Deal With it
  • Compulsive Hand-washing: How Can I Stop?
  • Checking: One of the Most Time Consuming Compulsions

I'm not going to recommend any specific types of treatments, there are probably pros and cons to each and I am not equipped to promote one over another. But I would like to share what has benefited me over the years.

When I first learned I had OCD I was about eleven years old, I learned it had a name, and that was all. I didn't know there were more than one symptom. For years I believed I was a horrible person because of my intrusive/morbid thoughts. I mean, everyone knew about hand-washing and hoarding, no one ever talked about the silent symptoms though. If you mention OCD, people might think of the show Monk, or the show about hoarders, but allot of people don't realize there is more to it. And, sadly, allot of people just don't take it very seriously.

So, it wasn't until a few years later I did research and learned about the whole spectrum of Obsessive compulsive disorder. I was so relieved to find out there were others with my same problem, that it wasn't just me.

I hope my articles will be of benefit to at least one of you out there. Or enlightening even if you don't suffer from OCD, or know anyone who does. Thank you so much for taking the time to read, I hope you will read the articles that follow.

-Marie


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