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About O.C.D. - Information for O.C.D. Sufferers

Of all the problems we deal with at our group, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is the most distressing of all the conditions we encounter. I [Terri Conley] personally have the greatest admiration for anyone who suffers from this type of disorder and has to live with it on a daily basis. It seems to completely take over their lives and the rituals they have to perform can take up hours and hours of their day. They must be tremendously courageous and strong people to be able to do this.

For anyone who doesn't know what OCD is, the words "Obsessive Compulsive" sum it up. Simply, it is when a person has obsessive thoughts, either in isolation or combined with a need to carry out actions compulsively, such as repeated hand washing.

OCD often affects creative, artistic people whose minds are highly active, and those who are perfectionists and highly meticulous. A person who is afraid of personal failure is open to it, as is any one who is naturally cautious. Those who cannot express emotions are also vulnerable, and it would seem that the more happy-go-lucky a person is and the less imagination they have, the less likely they are to suffer from OCD. As Paul Lanham states in his excellent article on OCD printed in issue 7 of the Wallsend Self Help Group "Emotions" magazine - "An obsession is something natural that can grow into a monster which first consumes and then destroys".

You can see how this works in practice if you recall how you would check and re-check an alarm clock before going to bed to ensure it woke you in time for an important appointment the following morning... Or maybe the time you had to clean up a particularly dirty mess and then wash your hands several times over... Then there might have been a time when you were expecting guests to your house and you spent hours cleaning and tidying the place. Of course, all of these are quite normal responses - but just imagine what it must be like if they got out of control and you felt a compulsion to repeat these actions continuously in order to relieve the anxiety you felt.

On the following page, we look at the common symptoms of O.C.D. which sufferer's experience.

O.C.D. Symptoms

The most common forms of compulsive rituals are Checking, Cleaning, Slowness and Ruminations.

  • Checking.
    Most commonly taps, windows, doors, switches, locks, and rubbish prior to throwing it out - the person often... more
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