Obsessive Compulsive Disorder-What Is It and How To Cope

Claudia Kinser-Sophomore-March 8, 2017

This is the typical thought cycle of someone suffering from OCD.

           Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common disorder, with over 3 million adult and 1 million cases diagnosed or reported to have this disorder, according to WebMD. While OCD is an incurable issue, treatment is available ad has been shown to help. But what really is OCD? Psychology Today says it is “an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions).” As a personal suffer, I can tell you that the most insignificant things can get on your nerves and make it near impossible to focus on whatever you are doing. For example, imagine you walk into your classroom and your teacher has a PowerPoint presentation of notes for the day. The projector appears to look fine. However, it vexes me, because I notice that it isn’t straight. Now that I noticed it, it makes it hard to focus on my notes, if I am even focused at all. 

This is a seemingly insignificant example of something that would irritate someone with OCD.

How can you manage your symptoms? HelpGuide suggests these ideas:

  1. Take care of yourself. Exercise, keep in touch with your family and friends, sleep, and practice relaxation.
  2. Learn to resist your OCD rituals. Don’t avoid your fears, refocus your attention on one of your hobbies, and anticipate your compulsions.
  3. Challenge obsessive thoughts. Write down your obsessions and allow yourself.

 

           Which tip helped you the most? Comment and like this page below!

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