These obsessions are outside the control of the person experiencing them. Many individuals struggling with OCD even recognize that their thoughts are not logical or “real”. But this alone is not enough to stop experiencing these feelings.
The other part of OCD is “compulsions”. These are behaviors that a person must repeat until they feel neutralized or go away. Even though acting on these compulsions only brings temporary relief, those suffering from OCD often do not possess better coping mechanisms without professional assistance.
Understanding which behaviors could be considered compulsions depends on the context of the behavior. For example, washing one’s hands is important to avoid sickness. But washing hands over and over until one’s hands are raw is an indication that a behavior is more than a good habit.
Combined, these obsessions and compulsions can make life feel impossible or unbearable.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of OCD?
OCD differs from normal interests, cares, and concerns in significant ways. Signs and symptoms may include:
- Mentally playing events over and over again in one’s head or constant praying to prevent harm, either to one’s self or others
- Repeatedly checking to see that no mistakes were made, or that that one did not harm one’s self or others
- Washing or cleaning excessively or in a certain way (such as washing hands, brushing teeth, or toilet routines)
- Fixating on avoiding any contaminants
- Rereading, rewriting, or repeating body movements (such as tapping, blinking, and touching)
- Repeating activities in multiples (such as turning a light on and off until the “right” number of times)
- Re-arranging objects until they “feel” they are in the proper place
- Structuring one’s life around avoiding obsession triggers
How We Can Help
At San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, we treat a range of anxiety disorders including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) through inpatient and outpatient programs. Our experienced staff can provide the support needed to develop healthy coping behaviors. This can open the door to a healthy life not defined by obsessions or compulsions.
We know that each person suffering from OCD has different circumstances and needs. Each needs a personal path to recovery and enjoying life again. That is why we customize each patient’s treatment program to fit their symptoms, needs, and goals.
If you or someone you love has been struggling with the symptoms of OCD, there is hope and relief available. Call us directly at 210-541-5300 or contact us online. We are here to help.