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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is an anxiety disorder that involves persistent, uncontrollable, upsetting thoughts (obsessions) and actions that we are compelled to do, seemingly against our own will (compulsions). In most cases we are driven to do the compulsive behaviours in order to alleviate the anxiety caused by the obsessive thoughts.

For example:

If we just can't get it out of our mind that something is dirty (even if it isn't really) – we will clean it incessantly no matter how clean it actually is.


In the early 16th century, 'obsession' referred to a siege or 'laying siege to' and that's just what our intrusive thoughts do to us. They besiege us. Constantly intruding into our mind against our will, we cannot prevent them, change them or make them go away and it can be extremely distressing.

Common obsessions include: blasphemous thoughts, harming a loved one, obscene thoughts and exaggerated fears over such things as contamination and dirt, aggression and violence or religion and sex.

The thoughts themselves can make us feel bad but we also feel really bad because we cannot control them.

Often the obsessive thoughts lead to compulsive behaviours and again, as with the obsessions, we feel a total lack of control while performing the compulsive act. We know that what we are doing is wrong and that we're blowing the fear out of all proportion but we cannot stop.

We cannot stop even though our actions may be hurting us and feel compelled to continue with the behaviour at all cost, because if we stop doing it the thing that we dread happening may just happen.


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Bad thoughts, in themselves, are normal; we all have bad, horrible, disgusting thoughts to some degree at various times in our lives.

No sane parent would hurt their child but we all suppress rage occasionally when driven to extremes of frustration and anger by our children.

Virtually everyone has occasional intense thoughts relating to aggression or sex for these drives underpin our existence. In one study, fully 80% of the 'normal' (OCD free) people questioned, reported having obsessive thoughts.


Compulsions, too, reflect human nature:-

• Our brain works by categorising and ordering information – watch children lining up toys, stamp collectors organising stamps and office workers putting files in order.

• Checking switches and doors is a normal safety precaution.

• Cleaning protects us from disease and germs that could actually kill us.


Obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours are, in themselves, normal. The problem lies in why they become so exessive and uncontrollable. (See: Obsessions and Compulsions)


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When looked at as a disorder or mental illness, OCD can be almost insurmountable. But when we look at it through the lens of human evolution and survival a very different picture emerges.

Not disease, disorder or mental illness, OCD involves natural survival instincts common to us all. Normal self-protective thoughts, feelings and behaviours that become over-sensitive, intensified and grossly exaggerated due to negative life experiences...

Life experiences that condition us to be afraid.
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Medical Definition of a Disorder:-

"an illness that disrupts normal physical or mental functions"

Anxiety Disorders:

Self-damaging thoughts, feelings and behaviours with anxiety at their core.

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Anxiety
Obsessions
Compulsions
Rituals
Cleaning / Washing
Other OCD Problems

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Books:
Free eBook
Kindle Anxiety Book
Anxiety Disorders Book

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More Resources:
www.adaa.org
www.rpsych.ac.uk

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