Are intrusive thoughts leading you to behave in ways that you wouldn’t otherwise? Do you fear the consequences if you don’t abide by rules that your brain has made up? Have certain obsessions begun to control your life?
Perhaps you have started to isolate yourself from others because you are scared of what people will think of your behaviors. Unable to control it, you only find relief when you give in to the voice telling you that you need to do something.
Maybe you feel the constant pull to compulsively clean everything, despite a lack of clutter or dirty surroundings. Alternatively, you may be hoarding items that you can’t seem to let go of, convincing yourself that, “someday, I may need this.”
You may struggle with simple impulses like repeatedly checking if the door is locked before you leave the house. Or, you may have to perform hand movements or other ritualistic behaviors before you can complete a task.
In the back of your mind, you understand how irrational or exaggerated these compulsions are. What you can’t comprehend is why your brain and body reacts the way it does to certain situations. This likely leaves you feeling frustrated and upset with yourself. No matter how hard you try to prevent them, the urge to follow your compulsions always wins.
As you struggle to overcome debilitating compulsions you may notice that your anxiety and depression levels have increased because of your OCD.
It may seem as if your life is out of control with no hope in sight. While it may feel impossible right now, you can learn to manage your compulsions through OCD Treatment.