While the topic of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, otherwise known as OCD, is not considered as a salient part of several jokes, it actually is a very serious mental health disorder that not many people tend to pay heed to. One’s acute sense of keeping their bed sheet crease free and arriving on time is not something that categorizes them as patients of OCD.
Majority of people who actually suffer from this tedious mental health disorder struggle to provide themselves with a quality life which is often lacking because of the small knick knacks that hold everything back.
If you are finding someone close to you showcasing these enlisted symptoms, pay close attention to the cumulative symptoms that they showcase and try and help them with the situation, rather than the complete opposite.
Check Out These Obvious Signs You Are Suffering From Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
In this article, we are going to be highlighting some of the common signs of OCD that many people tend to forego as a symptom of anxiety disorder or treat it as something acute, rather the treating it with the severity that it should be.
1. Are obsessive thoughts taking up your mind?
Obsessive thoughts are the recurring and obsessive thoughts that cower every single second of a person’s mind. These arrays of thoughts often tend to pre-occupy so much of one’s mind that it often times becomes hard to think about anything else.
These tend to not just stick to normal thoughts and such but can also extend to cravings and urges too. Many people who suffer from OCD tend to have compulsive and obsessive thoughts about a particular situation or even an image, depending on their headspace.
2. Did I Clean that Spot Right?
While Obsessive compulsive disorder is not just characterized by one’s willingness of cleaning the tile floors and bathroom windows, cleanliness actually does play a significant role in deducing a part of who they are. If you are finding yourself obsessed with cleaning every nook and cranny of the bathroom and sometimes redoing what you just did, there are possibilities that you might be suffering from OCD.
Many psychologists tend to regard this constant need of cleaning with the patient’s fear of contracting a disease or any kind of infection which is what makes them clean until no ends.
3. Books Should be in Order
Order of the books matter to you. It is not a sign that is seen and witnessed in every OCD patient but the majority of the people tend to like to keep their books in their designated slots and racks without the other intermingling in the space. Many OCD patients even like to keep the books separated in terms of genre – be it fiction or even non-fiction.
Many experts define this obsession as an obsession with order and this goes beyond the realm of normal tidiness. Some OCD patients tend to have superstitions about colour coding books and even keeping them wrapped in cloths and papers so as to further protect the outer cover of the books.
4. Self-Doubts are a Common Occurrence
The realm of thoughts, worries and doubts go beyond the normal line of the doubt. Worriers tend to have this notion stuck in their head if something doesn’t happen as they planned it to, there are chances that everything else attached to it will also go down in shambles.
Now, you might be thinking that these kinds of thoughts tend to litter a “non OCD” person’s mind too, then how does one segregate the symptoms and understand which is what, right? A person with OCD who has consistent self-doubts about something will continuously do and redo the work until they feel like it has reached their expectation of perfection.
5. Lack of Phone Battery Makes you Anxious
People who suffer from OCD have a consistent knack of ensuring that their phone battery is charged fully. This is primarily concerning the need to have everything in order. OCD patients like to have everything in order, everything in the optimum level of perfection which is exactly what this specific one of the OCD causes relates to.
Even having the battery of the phone come down by one bar can spike a feeling of restlessness in an individual suffering from OCD. This is the primary reason why the people who suffer from this mental health disorder always tend to ensure that they have full phone battery at all times.
6. You Have your Keys Organized
As much as for the need to have everything organized, people with OCD tend to even have their key rings organized according to their likings. And this is not where the obsession stops though; it goes way deeper than that.
Key rings tend to have everything as per their requirement, even which key is going to be after which key is set in stone for OCD patients. Any kind of changes in that has the possibility of triggering a panic attack in them owing to the break that is caused in their generalized order.
7. Sanitizer is Your Best Friend
With the fear of contracting any kind of disease or infection, sanitizer has become your best friend. Are you one of those people who have to have a bottle of travel sanitizer with you at all times? Do you tend to buy a bottle of sanitizer even before you are even halfway finished with the previous bottle?
These kinds of obsessions and compulsions concerning restocking things as trivial as sanitizer (which is a huge deal for OCD patients) tend to be indicative of a possibility of you suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
8. Crooked lines make your heart race with anxiousness
If you are finding yourself becoming extremely anxious because of someone drawing a crooked line in an image, there are chances that it is irking your mental health quite a lot. And before someone jumps, the unsettling feeling is not that simple like what one would normally experience with a normal crooked line.
The feeling of anxiousness often surpasses the common realms of distress and is often regarded as a bubbling panic attack rising if the problem in front of the person is not fixed as soon as possible. They tend to experience heart palpitations and might constantly repeat similar physical gestures to convey their discomfort.
9. Organized Closets are a Must
Much like how I pointed out the need of everything being in order with respect to the book shelves, the same extends to the closets and shoe cabinets as well. The need for proper organization is mainly because of constant need of wanting everything in the designated places and if the condition is in severe stages, there are chances that you will want everything in colour coordinated schemes too.
Messing around with an OCD person can heavily affect their thought process and mental well being. It can expose them to a constant feeling of unrest which is definitely not something you want to do. If you are finding someone in the constant need of keeping their closet in check, according to their wish, chances are that you might have been showcasing underlying symptoms of OCD.
10. Punctuality is Your Thing
People with OCD have the constant urge of doing everything in perfect order and on the designated time which is what categorizes them as punctual people. And not even punctual, they tend to reach the place of the meeting earlier than the allotted time.
If you are finding yourself someone amidst that, who likes to reach places before the designated time as well as other signs of obsession and compulsion, there are chances that you are suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder. You are the one in the group who never misses a class or even a bus because, for the most part, you are there 15 minutes early than you should be.
11. Sleeping in a Particular Position
Sleeping in a particular position all throughout the night can be a sign of over compulsion about a situation. Even though there are no specific evidence to back these claims up, it has been seen and witnessed that this is one of those characteristics of people suffering from OCD.
They tend to not shift places and sleep in a particular posture all throughout the night or whenever of the day they are sleeping which is often times regarded as something that’s part of one’s routine and a daily norm that they don’t like to break or forego.
12. Fretting over Unwanted Sexual Thoughts
According to a published post on Psychology Today, it was found that around 10% of the people undergoing their OCD treatment have confessed of having unwavered and unwanted sexual thoughts that they couldn’t even control in the first place.
Many of them confessed that majority of these sexual thoughts wavered around the topics of something that’s considerably taboo or even sometimes something related questioning one’s sexual orientation which is rather different, given the fact that these kind of thought wouldn’t normally tingle someone’s though process out of the blue and that too persistently.
13. Repetitive Physical Gestures
Repetitive physical gestures like consistently blinking and hand motions are often signs that you might be suffering from OCD if you have also been experiencing the signs and symptoms relating to other forms of obsession. Some of the common types of physical gestures are regarded as ones like that of excessive blinking and consistent hand motions.
Many people tend to think and assume that the majority of the symptoms of OCD are up there in your mind but that is always not the case. There are some signs which are reflected on the exterior as well and these are what show out as excessive physical gestures which are confined to consistent movement and for the most part, the suffering patient doesn’t even realize for a fact that they are doing that which adds to yet another dimension of the symptom being connected with OCD.
14. Buying More than What You Need
How often do you find yourself buying things that you don’t even need? This happens to quite a lot of us, isn’t it? But, there actually are people who like to buy things and hoard them even when they don’t need it and for the most part, you will end up witnessing that these include similar pair of the same coloured jeans or one single thing in multiple pairs.
These kinds of acts or gestures are often times only showcased by people who consistently suffer from OCD because once they like something; they always have this fear of running out of them or outgrowing them or what if they stop selling those pair of jeans? These rundown of thoughts is exactly what encapsulates their minds and makes them buy more than what they actually need (and sometimes just the same thing).
15. A constant fear with violence
Every single one of us is afraid of violence, aren’t we? Well, for OCD patients, even the slightest hunch of violence can trigger a fear in their mind which can often lead to extreme cases of instigating a panic attack and triggering their underlying anxiety. Sometimes, these thoughts or fear encircling violence are got up thoughts in one’s brain that has got nothing to do with reality.
People with OCD tend to have this constant lingering fear in their head that something wrong and violent might happen while there might be no possibility of the same happening anytime anywhere around them. If you are always getting frightened even with the faintest of sounds, there might something in your mind that could insinuate signs of OCD.
16. Rumination Affects Everyday Life
In this given world of competition and such fast paced life, every single one of us are on the road of rumination. But, the moment these stances take over your entire life and squeeze and churn out your completely, that’s when you know that there’s something seriously wrong.
Obsession along with the discoursed array of compulsions often take up the majority of time from one’s life, leaving them a very vain and less fruitful life with nothing much to look forward to. The moment these kinds of underlying possible signs of OCD take up the realms of your everyday life and affect it adversely, that’s when you know that you need to seek out professional help to take care of yourself and your quality of life.
17. Cleanliness is Not a Habit but a Religion for You
While many people who like cleaning do it because they find it fun, if you are here doing it thinking of the consequences of what will happen if you didn’t clean, then there are chances that you are suffering from what doctors term it as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
I had to put this in the last because this is the primary sign that majority of the people classify OCD as when the actual mental health disorder encircling OCD goes way deeper than that. A person who is cleaning their house day in and day out might just like cleaning and might be completely healthy and fine.
People who suffer from OCD have this constant knack or fear that they might contract an infection which is why tend to clean themselves, their surroundings multiple times even if they did it just a few hours back.
OCD runs down more than the common norm of people washing their hands consistently. People who actually from this mental health disorder have a very poor quality of life which is what completely drains them and leaves them empty. If you are experiencing multiple from these above mentioned signs and symptoms, it might be time to consult a therapist and get the problem checked.