Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:
Often, people who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder are aware they have this condition. While rarely debilitating, OCD can cause the person with OCD to be misunderstood by others. While knowing that some of their behaviors are not logical, they feel the need to go through rituals of repeating behaviors or to have a thought stuck in their mind, which they can’t stop thinking about.
Some OCD sufferers never seek treatment. I have always encouraged treatment, since the condition plays such a dynamic role in marriages and families. In some families, there are frequently more than one individual who have the condition.
Treatment of OCD can release the anxiety associated with thoughts which can produce chronic worry and behaviors which attempt to manage other people and situations to ward off the fear that something bad can happen. Since bad things can always happen, treatment relief separates “what is possible that can happen” from those thoughts which keep us safe, i.e. “what is a likely possibility.” The difference may seem small, but to the person with OCD, the difference is the measure of relief.
My treatment focus for OCS constitutes only where OCD is a problem. OCD features can be an asset in certain professions; however, let’s not allow ourselves to believe that what is great at work is as worthwhile at home. Some professions are actively seeking out people with OCD for their attention to detail.
In severe cases, OCD can be debilitating, eating up significant amounts of time and/or mental focus. Psychological counseling is not the only effective treatment for OCD, but is a good choice to help you get pointed in the right direction.