Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive compulsive disorder is described as having unwanted thoughts and actions that seem difficult to impossible to stop. While many people worry, those who experience obsessive compulsive disorder feel they can’t stop worrying, or if they do, something bad will happen.
Obsessive compulsive disorder doesn’t mean you have something medically, biologically, chemically, or genetically wrong, but that you haven’t learned to make yourself feel safe ‘on the inside.’ As a result, you worry or perform rituals to try and make yourself feel safe.
An example of this is thinking that if you do a certain ritual enough times, you’ll be safe. Common rituals include touching things enough times, counting things enough times, and doing things enough times and to the point of where you ‘feel’ everything is going to be okay.
Coping styles are learned. OCD is an example of an unhealthy coping style.
- relentless worry
- underlying fear
- an underlying sense of danger
- inability to self-soothe
- sleep issues
- and many of anxiety’s physiological, psychological, and emotional symptoms
And many more symptoms.
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