The main reason for this being that most people don’t really understand the implications of such a disorder are, and therefore without really meaning to, decrease the seriousness of it by applying it to things that may be aligned to obsessive compulsive behaviors, but aren’t.
These behaviors include but are not limited to; excessive hand washing, cleanliness, and repetitive actions.
However, what most people don’t realize is what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder actually is and how it can really impact an individual’s life.
Obsessive compulsive disorder occurs in an individual when they feel like they have to do a particular action otherwise something bad will happen.
The only way that the individual can feel relief is if they carry out the action.
The actions that the individuals affected carry out are often repeated in cycles, and are usually done the same way each time that they do it.
The anxiety that not doing the action causes can cause the individual a lot of distress.
Even if the reasoning behind the anxiety does not always make sense, the threat in their mind is a very real one.
As the anxiety is very real, it can be hard to treat, but it is not impossible.
Most people go to their doctor when they feel that their OCD is taking over their lives.
When it gets to this point, many doctors will recommend cognitive behavioral therapy and counselling.
If your friend or relative is diagnosed with OCD, or you think that they may be suffering from it, the best thing that you can do is be there for them.
Talk to them if they are open enough with you to do so, and lend them a helping hand if they are feeling anxious, and most of all, don’t make light of the situation.