OCD is an anxiety disorder with two main components; obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted, repetitive thoughts which make you feel anxious. Compulsions are repetitive behaviours that you do to reduce your anxiety levels. Sometimes OCD can be manageable and others it can severly impact your day-to-day life.
These are persistent thoughts, urges, pictures or doubts which repeatedly come into your mind. These obsessions make it hard to focus on what you are doing and can be very frightening, graphic or disturbing. It can feel like you have no control over these thoughts and that you need to hide how you are feeling from others. It is important to remember that thoughts are just thoughts and that we have control over our body and actions. Our brains are more powerful that most computers and in some cases we cannot control what is going on in our heads.
Let's have a look at some of the common obsessions that people with OCD suffer from:
Compulsions are repetitive activities you feel that you have to do because you believe that they help to lower you anxiety caused by obsessive thoughts. They may provide a short-term relief but the obsessions will return. Here are some common types of compulsion and examples: