Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a common, disabling anxiety disorder. Three percent of the population will suffer from it at some time in their lives. It is more common than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder but it is well concealed and rarely diagnosed.
You may have OCD if:
- You have recurring, intrusive, disturbing thoughts that cause you anxiety and distress.
- These persisting thoughts are not related to actual events.
- You use other thoughts or actions to try and stop the original thought process.
- You are aware that the thoughts are untrue and from your own mind.
- You have repetitive and meaningless behaviors and thought rituals that you must do to neutralize the unwanted thoughts, such as hand-washing, ordering, checking, praying, counting, or repeating yourself (among others).
- You are embarrassed by the thoughts and resulting actions, they consume your daily time but you have no control over them.
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The anxiety associated with OCD can be overwhelming and is very disturbing for the victim who feels powerless to control the thoughts. The most common obsessions are fear of contamination by dirt or germs, fear of harm to self or others, fear of illness, fear of sexual thoughts, and fear of committing sins. The most common repetitive rituals to suppress the fearful thoughts are repetitive cleaning, recitation of a phrase or number, touching, checking of locks, excessive orderliness, and hoarding. It is not uncommon for someone with OCD to wash his or her hands thirty times a day to stop contamination.
These acts are purposeless, time-consuming, and unwanted. They are very disruptive to relationships and to one’s performance at home or work. The victim hates doing it but must continue the act until they get a sense of completion that may require a large number of repetitions. During the compulsion there is never a sense that the actions has been completed correctly. Some have described it like an itch that won’t go away until it is scratched in a certain way and a certain number of times.
Anxiety and depression are often so intertwined that they are indistinguishable. They both have negative thoughts that can’t be shut off and they both respond to the same antidepressants that are designed to restore thought control.
What do I do next?
If you see yourself in the symptoms above then you need to print this list out, underline all your symptoms and take it to your doctor and then your counsellor. It will give them both a summary of what you are experiencing so they can create a treatment plan.
We have lots of resources right here to help you understand depression, anxiety and mood swings. These resources will also help you understand the conditions so you can help a loved one.
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Emotionally Free – The first third of the book explains the nature and treatment of mood disorders from a Christian perspective and includes the symptom checklists for self assessment. The rest of the book explains problems with our personality and spirit.
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Depression, The Path to Recovery As 2 disc of 10 TV interviews with Dr. Mullen where he explains a Christian understanding of depression, anxiety and mood swings. Our most popular DVD.
Moods, what Christians should know about depression, anxiety and mood swings Christians are often very confused and misinformed about the nature and treatment of mental illnesses. They are also very suspicious of psychiatric treatments, so many are suffering needlessly from correctable conditions. This presentation will remove the mystery and confusion about the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety and mood swings.
Fear, When Trust is Lost You will get the tools to overcome and take control of the worries and fears that disrupt your life.
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Mood disorder self tests
Mood Swings, Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
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These checklists are adapted from:
The American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition.
Washington, D.C. American Psychiatric Association, 1994