Each and everyone has their own habits and hobbies. These are the things that we do in our spare time or whenever it is convenient. But when habits and hobbies would consistently urge and totally disrupt you from your actual responsibilities, you or someone you know may have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a long-lasting anxiety disorder characterized by persistent obsessions (involuntary thoughts/images/impulses) and compulsions (behaviours or rituals urging to be acted out). However, they become so excessive that they interfere with other daily activities.
People with OCD cannot introspectively question these actions. OCD causes the brain to get stuck on a particular thought or impulse. If you, your child, or someone you know has OCD, they may somehow feel impossible to resist and break free from it.
People with OCD often fall into one of the following categories:
- Checkers: Repetitively checks things (i.e. door locked, oven turned off, etc.) associating them with harm/danger
- Doubters / Sinners: Perfectionist thinking doing otherwise means trouble or punishment
- Hoarders: Fears throwing things away thinking something bad will happen
- Washers: Fears contamination; hand-washing/ cleaning compulsions
- Counters / Arrangers: Obsessed with order and symmetry; Have numerous superstitions on certain numbers, colors, and arrangements