Are there a series of incidences in your life which you keep doing repeatedly? To say, when you leave for work in the morning, do you follow some checklists- i.e. wallet – check; train pass- check; keys to the house- check; phone- check and so on? And when you become sure of the whole things in their proper order or in places, you seem to be relived.
But, do you think they are sort of becoming a morning tradition for you? Or are there any possibilities to develop obsessive- compulsive disorder (O.C.D)?
Be remembered as long as these regular activities do not interfere with your ability to function properly, it cannot be any near sign of O.C.D, this is what believes, Dr. Jeff Szymanski from the Harvard Medical School.
However, when these simple checklists are going beyond your preferences or personality, they may trigger some other serious issues. In most cases, it is seen that these routine checkups gradually turn into obsessions and compulsive behavior interfering with your capability to perform tasks or have a good relationship. This is what that you can term it as Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior. Many individuals appear to spend too much time on hand cleaning, closet organization or rug smoothening, and make repeated attempts to be sure of their perfections. And when this intervenes with your life, you are susceptible to losing your job and even ruining your relationship.
This is a condition characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsions, which put an impact on almost 1% of the total U.S adults.
So, how can you understand the symptoms of the condition? There are no easy medical tests which can recognize your symptoms, since they are a matter of degree. Still, you can observe certain patterns, which help you identify the disorder. Here go the most common patterns.
First and foremost accepted degree of O.C.D is compulsive behavior of washers, who are more likely to wash their hands more than five times, and even every nail, triggered by a fear of germs and the spread of disease.
If you notice, your hand washing routine has become elaborate, and you think the germs are still there on your hands, this is a warning sign.
Checking behavior which prompts you to check your door or gas oven more than 15-20 times to make sure they are properly checked are the most common symptoms of compulsive behavior. Nearly 30% adults are facing this queer behavior.
When you double-check to be sure at one go, it is okay. But if that checking conduct becomes your daily chore, it is a sign of O.C.D.
This is another compulsive behavior of the sufferers who are more likely to clean for repeated times, even after the specific area is cleaned and germfree. Triggered by the feeling of germaphobia or impureness, the victim seems to get no relief and keeps the cleaning on with a more intense urge.
If you cannot clean the surface for repeated times, you feel anxious and fearful. It is a sign of O.C.D.
Taking the organization to the level of perfectionism like maintaining the proper order, its symmetry and its number are nothing but O.C.D. When you feel the fussiness, you try to relieve your anxiety through perfectionism.
Dislike Your Looks
Hating a certain part of your body considering it is abnormal and unattractive is a sign of O.C.D, which has similarity with Body Dysmorphic Disorder too.
If any of the symptoms hover over your mental state, you must seek a clinical intervention.