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Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors Explained

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Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors Explained


The harshness of everyday living may trigger a certain degree of concern among people. Checking things twice is something that most regular folks do, especially when the task is done the first time, when it is important, it requires certain skill, or it must meet a certain standard. Double checking tasks and activities, therefore, isn’t unusual or a cause for alarm. When the checking is repeatedly done without a logical reason, as a response to a torrent of irrepressible urges, thoughts, and an unrelenting flow of images, however, there is a reason to worry. 

When checking is repeatedly done as a form of response to the point that it is becoming an obsession, watch out because this behavior could be a manifestation of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Obsessive-compulsive behavior is driven by a strong yearning to complete certain tasks by doing it repetitively, including all the related routines and rituals. For people with OCD, doing the task over and over again is important to be able to move forward to the next task.


What are the salient points about OCD that you must know?


OCD Explained

OCD is an emotional health concern that was regarded as a type of anxiety. These days, it is also viewed as a potentially incapacitating condition that snares people in a vicious cycle of overpowering compulsions and obsessions. Obsessions are undesirable, spontaneous and disturbing thoughts, imaginings, or urges that create powerful and distressing emotions. Compulsions, on the other hand, are the tendency of someone with OCD to perform ritualistic or behavioral routines intended to lessen one’s distress or to stop their obsessions.

Having compulsive behaviors and obsessive thoughts are not exactly uncommon. Even emotionally healthy people may experience such occasionally, but for a sound reason. What must you watch out for then? OCD entails extreme cycles of obsessions and compulsions that can become too time-consuming, obstructing the way of more vital duties or tasks. It may also go with other emotional conditions like depression, other forms of anxiety, even substance abuse. It can be difficult to diagnose and treat when the affected has other medical conditions.

Research centered on understanding OCD shows that obsessive-compulsive disorder is not just about an acquired attitude during childhood or something caused by family issues. It can have a biological foundation. Recent studies reveal that OCD can reflect an irregularity in the neural circuitry, particularly located between the subcortical areas and the front area of the brain. This, in turn, can be attributed to having low levels of certain neurotransmitters, which is usually observed among those who are genetically predisposed to OCD.


Prevalence and Roots of OCD

There are approximately two to three million adults with OCD in the United States, so that’s roughly one in every 100 American adults. The condition is also widespread among American youngsters, numbering about one in every 200, but doubly common in boys than in girls.

The condition can set in anytime from childhood to adulthood. There are, nevertheless, two periods when the chance of developing OCD is higher. These are from puberty or the pre-teen years (10 to 12) and before reaching up to 30 years old. What could be the reason or reasons for the vulnerability? There is no straightforward answer to the question. Despite numerous studies, the exact roots of OCD are not clearly understood. Experts believe it has a neurobiological basis. It is also widely held to be triggered by a set of factors – genetic, cognitive, environmental, and behavioral.

The role of the genes in the inheritance of this “familial disorder,” which may span several generations of close kin, is supported by a number of studies. The tendency to perform rituals and routines can be developed as “survival” behaviors. These are intended to react properly to fear, rather than confront or tolerate the intense feeling. The cognitive theory, on the other hand, suggests that ritual behaviors are a way to respond to “threats” that are often misconstrued and exaggerated. 


Obsession and Compulsion Pairings

Though OCD can have obsessive and compulsive manifestations, be aware that it may have no compulsive behavior. Sometimes the compulsive behaviors are stifled because of shame. When mere obsessive thoughts (no compulsive behavior) characterize the condition, OCD can be more difficult to recognize.

Conversely, there are compulsions and obsessions that go together. Focused on your fear, you may not readily recognize the pairings of obsessions and compulsions that characterize your particular kind of OCD. What are these pairings? Here are a few examples of the obsession-compulsion pairings:


  • Cleanliness obsession and habitual washing. The condition can be manifested with an obsession to stay clean, being overly terrified of being infected with contagious microorganisms. The obsession is paired with excessive, compulsive washing to eradicate the contamination. Skin contact is keenly avoided. When such occurs, the washing ritual is performed again and again to decrease risk of the exposure and to ease the feeling of anxiety.


  • Constant doubts and check/inspection compulsions. People who are overly afraid of accidents may have disquieting thoughts or frequent doubts about their safety. Their obsession can come in the form of wild thoughts about a looming danger/harm. The compulsive behavior can be manifested in terms of repeatedly inspecting or checking processes or stuff like a ritual to be sure everything is okay.


  • Negative thoughts and compulsion to neutralize. The obsession can come in the form of intrusive thoughts of dangers to their loved ones. They respond to the negative thoughts by doing rituals that attempt to neutralize the images, reverse the unpleasant thoughts, or replace them with pleasant ones.


  • Intrusive violent images and accompanying rituals. This obsession-compulsion pairing entails undesirable thoughts or images of self-injury or harming others. Those with this type of OC pairing may find themselves possessing or keeping dangerous items and often monitoring the safety of the people they care about.


  • Scandalous thoughts and related rituals. It is also common among people with OCD who have unorthodox or unpleasant images, urges and thoughts to be paired with unacceptable behavior. Outrageous thoughts, for instance, may be accompanied by behaviors that are meant to assuage their unease. Intent on avoiding the compulsion, the affected often avoids scenarios or situations where the disagreeable thoughts may occur.


The Golden Rule: Seek Counseling/Therapy       

There is another thing that you must know about OCD – it cannot be prevented, but it can be treated. To curb its manifestations and the impact on your life, counseling /therapy can help. Counseling/therapy works. Studies reveal that treatment can improve functioning and that about 70 percent of those who seek help have responded well to therapy.

The key is for you or the affected not to hide the symptoms and to not be deterred by the lack of help. You only need to contact Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC to find a good therapist for obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

OCD can prevent you from having a productive life. You need not unduly struggle with its effects without putting up a good fight. Finding a good therapist that matches your needs can be done with ease. Afraid to travel far from home? Call us. Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC at 422 McArthur Road, Fayetteville, NC, near Ramsey St. is right in the neighborhood. Call CCS now to find a way out of all the obsessions and compulsions dominating your life. 

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