Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is characterised by obsessive thoughts, utterances and/or behaviour.

Sufferers of OCD usually think or are thought to be perfectionsists by those closer to them. We normally refer to those extra-neat and tidy people, who cannot stand any kind of imperfection as perfectionists. However, there is a strong link between perfectionism and this medical condition.

Perfectionism or OCD?

Perfectionism or OCD?

Many OCD sufferers and their families believe they are incurable perfectionists.

If you see aspects of yourself in the following picture, you could be suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:-

You had a long day at work and are absolutely exhausted. You get home and throw yourself on the couch, you are very comfortable now. And then you spot an imperfectly done throw on the other coach. What do you do? 1. You notice it, but it can wait - you are exhausted. 2. You call for the kids to put it right. 3. You drag yourself to the spot, to make it look perfect because there is no way you can relax peacefully if it is not done right

If you answered 3, it is likely people think you are just a perfectionist, but it is also very much likely that you could be having OCD.


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Do you have OCD or are you just a 'perfectionsist'?

1. Are you too neat for your own good? Do people complain that you wash & clean up a bit too much for their comfort?

2. Do you have trouble trusting that others are capable of doing the job? Do you find it hard to delegate?

3. Do you keep checking for the car keys? Do you often go back to check whether you have locked the door?

4. Is there a thought, image or certain words that are 'stuck' to your mind that you find almost impossible to 'erase'?

If you have answered yes to two questions, you should get a proper psychiatrist analysis. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is more common that we realise - see a doctor, there is help available.

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