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How can a person guess whether they have an OCD?

Posted by Nolan Fabre on 1 year ago

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An obsessive-compulsive disorder is a general term for a variety of symptoms, thinking patterns, and behaviors, all united by two main criteria: 1) repetitive, intrusive, disturbing, and unpleasant thoughts; 2) ritualistic actions attempting to decrease the anxiety, caused by these thoughts. Obsessive thoughts can take any form, and sometimes they can be so numerous that a person might think he/she has several psychological deviations (while actually suffering from an OCD only). There also exists a form of an OCD which is characterized with the absence of rituals, comprising only unwanted (but still distressing) thoughts, ideas, and mental images. The following symptoms (from different subtypes of OCD) might signalize that you have this mental disease:

(please remember that in order to be viewed as possible symptoms of an OCD, actions and thoughts listed below must be intrusive, causing distress, unwanted, impossible to maintain control over, and repetitive. Rather often, OCD victims can critically evaluate their thoughts and actions, assuming that they are absurd or unnatural, but can do nothing to stop them).

- Constantly checking electric/gas appliances and water taps in fear that they might be not turned off and thus could cause fire/explosion, flood, and so on.
- Counting people, objects, items, and so on.
- Repeating words and phrases over and over again.
- Believing that one’s thoughts may harm other people, and thus by all means avoiding “bad” thoughts.
- Fear of contamination and actions aimed at “maintaining cleanliness” (washing hands is the most typical).
- Obsessive striving for symmetry, order, and perfection.
- Thoughts regarding one’s sexuality (a wide range of fears including fear to become a paedophile; fear of having sexual relationship with members of one’s family; fear of becoming gay, and so on).
- Thoughts about harming other people (most often family members, children, women).
- Fear of having a mental disorder.


A person with OCD must remember that having such thoughts does not mean that this person can/will commit any of those actions they are afraid of. Usually, what OCD victims fear is what they would actually never be able to do.
Answered by korvin-fisher  on May 10, 2016
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