Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is not an adjective or a quirk, so let’s all stop using it as one. As a general rule, if you haven’t been diagnosed with a condition, don’t refer to yourself as having it.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, like many other mental health conditions, is portrayed in popular culture as a jest or a mild quirk. The reality of OCD is significantly more serious, and if left untreated, it can have far-reaching consequences for people who live with it.
It is a personality condition that creates recurring, unwanted thoughts or impulses to act. These intrusive thoughts or compulsive behaviors are distracting and stressful for people with OCD, and they are exceedingly difficult to let go of even with continuous, conscious effort.
According to research, a person with OCD’s brain processes differently in this situation, basically being “stuck” on an idea. These ideas are associated with great anxiety, leading the person with OCD to engage in obsessive behavior – their only escape. A person with OCD does not clean their kitchen obsessively just because they like things clean. A person suffering from OCD is filled with anxiety and fear over what will happen if they do not clean their kitchen thoroughly. There is no obvious “problem solved” moment for someone with OCD. Once triggered, their OCD would need them to perform an extensive routine to correct the mistake.
Despite the seriousness of OCD and other mental diseases, many people do not seek psychiatric health services and treatment. Why? Because of the stigma associated with mental health in Texas and throughout the world.
Healing Souls Psychiatry helps people manage their psychiatric health by providing assessment and treatment services.
Allow us to help you overcome mental health disorders through our psychiatry in Garland, Texas.