People with OCD experience intrusive, repetitive thoughts and obsessions. In turn, the obsessions trigger compulsive or routine behaviors meant to prevent an imaginary dreaded event. For example, OCD sufferers may wash their hands repeatedly because of an irrational fear of germs, or will check doors over and over to be sure they’re locked. OCD can be an extremely disabling illness that interferes with work, school, and social obligations. A person with OCD knows that their thoughts and behaviors don’t make sense, but is unable to control them.

OCD is very treatable and there are ways to feel better.  Here are some symptoms of OCD.  If you or a friend are experiencing these symptoms, use our Find Help Now page to reach out for support.

Symptoms of Obsession:

  • Fear of germs, shaking hands or touching things in public areas
  • Fear that you’ll hurt yourself of someone else
  • Doubts that you’ve locked the door or turned off applicances
  • Stress when things aren’t in the right place or arranged in a certain way
  • Overwhelming sexually explicit or violent thoughts and images
  • Fear of misplacing or losing things

Symptoms of Compulsion:

  • Washing your hands until they are raw
  • Repeatedly checking doors to make sure they are locked or appliances to make sure they are off
  • Counting in patterns
  • Arranging things in a very specific way

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