What is obsessive compulsive disorder?
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder characterised by uncontrollable, obsessive thoughts and beliefs that compel the sufferer to engage in repetitive and ritualised, compulsive behaviours. These compulsive behaviours help to ease the fear or anxiety the person experiences from their obsessive thoughts.
Sufferers often end up trapped in a cycle of experiencing intrusive, unwelcome thoughts, feeling fear and anxiety as a result of those thoughts, performing compulsive behaviours and rituals that ease their anxiety for a while, only for the cycle to begin again.
OCD is often misunderstood and mischaracterised as a personality trait and that sufferers enjoy engaging in these behaviours. This is not true. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a mental illness that can cause debilitating feelings of fear and anxiety.
People who have OCD are usually aware that their thoughts are irrational, but feel powerless to control them. As a result, they may struggle to leave their house, have a successful career, and form friendships and relationships.
Please remember that only a licensed mental health professional can diagnose you, and refrain from taking medication and undertaking treatment without professional recommendation.