It is very common for people to have small quirky habits that may seem like individual traits and therefore not look like much of a problem. In fact, many people would find it quite amusing such as the way a person cleans obsessively, fixating over small things such as order, keeping things in a certain way, fearing over small events, etc.
These may seem like quirky personality traits but they are largely classified as a behavioral issue which is known as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD. This particular disorder requires OCD treatment which is unlike psychiatric treatments, this disorder has a milder more behavioral form of treatment method.
But the good news is that, unlike other mental disorders, OCD can be managed quite effectively with good practices, effort, and therapy from a trained and expert psychologist who can help such patients to identify their OCD triggers and manage them in a better way.
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a mental disorder where the patient is overly fussy or conscious about certain things or feelings. It may be related to the way certain things are supposed to be, having some kind of mania such as order, timing, position, etc, phobia towards going out or staying indoors, or towards imaginary things or events.
These kinds of behaviors are mostly ignored by the patients as well as their friends and family thinking of them as personality traits, but unfortunately, they are deeper than that and can have a negative impact on their health and mental stability. It can also interfere with their ability to lead normal lives or have normal relationships.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder stays hidden in a lot of forms and can take many faces and therefore be quite difficult to identify and diagnose. They may be very apparent in some people and in some people, they can be in a very mild and covert form. Some of the examples of OCD behaviors in patients are mentioned below:
- Obsession with timing and wanting everything in a specific format of time
- Obsession with position or order and wanting everything in a certain way
- Fear of germs and constant hand washing
- Fear of unlikely events to an extent that they stop going out
- Constantly imagining the worst situation and fearing for friends and family
- Obsessively checking on locks, gas knobs and other such utilities
- Suspicion and obsessing over a close family member or friend
- Cleaning obsession and repeating the cleaning process several times
- Obsession over symmetry
- Obsession over numbers, counting random objects and recounting numerous times
OCD can be triggered by many factors and the best method to manage OCD itself is by managing the triggers. There are some expert-level tips shared by psychologists who help in OCD treatment at psychiatric facilities to help patients with OCD symptoms that can be effectively managed:
- Identify the triggers around the patient – this is the first step in managing triggers, once the patient is aware of the trigger, it becomes easier to eliminate and manage it.
- Eliminate the Triggers – as much as possible, eliminate such triggers from around the patient, ensure that the patient does not have a kick out of setting themselves up over such triggers.
- Managing the triggers – once the triggers are removed after identification, the patient can slowly start to manage these triggers by accepting and confronting such triggers. With constant effort and practice, one can easily change these triggers and make them easier to handle.