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The term “ocd” is used casually in lay language, yet many people—even many trained mental health professionals—don’t fully understand obsessive-compulsive disorder. The lay term is often synonymous with being overly clean or orderly. Although many people with OCD struggle with fears related to cleanliness and order, the range of obsessions in OCD is much broader than that.
People with OCD may spend years wondering what’s wrong with them before they learn that there’s a name for their struggles. They fear people will think they are “crazy” or a danger to others if they talk openly about their obsessions. Some have had invalidating experiences with health professionals who mistake their intense fears about harming themselves or others as evidence of suicidal or homicidal ideation.
Do you find yourself struggling with…
Going to excessive lengths to keep your fears at bay
Having frequent intrusive thoughts and worry about germs/contamination, disease, or the safety of yourself or others
Needing to get things “just right” before you can move on to other things
Frequently find yourself getting caught up in behaviors such as excessive cleaning, hand washing or checking
Avoiding being around people, social gatherings, conversations, or public presentations for fear of doing something wrong or unforgivable
Excessive worry about catching a disease or already having one
About 1 in 100 adults struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). This means that 23 million people have OCD in the US alone. You are not alone. OCD is treatable but is less responsive to general talk therapies and requires a therapist who is specifically trained in working with OCD.