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How Do You Know If You Have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

How Do You Know If You Have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder. If you live with OCD, you will usually have obsessive thoughts and compulsive, persistent behaviors. These actions can take time and become disturbing in your daily life.

An obsessive thought is a thought or image that constantly comes to your mind.

These thoughts are unwanted and you can not control them. It can be hard to ignore. It is precisely these thoughts that swirl in your head and that make you feel depressed, anxious or guilty.

Some examples of thoughts that become obsessive usually include:

• Think food may be contaminated,

• You are afraid that something bad could happen to you, if things are not in their place, symmetrical, static,

• Are you worried about harm you may do to yourself or other people,

• Constantly have sexual thoughts,

• Obsessed with religious issues and thoughts

• You may constantly think that your relationship will end

• thoughts of superstition - if I do not, something bad will happen to me

• violent thoughts - thoughts of being violent towards a loved one or other people.

Thoughts reach the above point, so much so that patients are afraid to tell their psychologists whether the latter then thinks they are dangerous to society and family.


Or else actions are things you do repeatedly to relieve anxiety from your obsessive thoughts. Have a belief within yourself that if you do not do these actions, you or someone you love will find hatred.

Sometimes you realize you are overdoing it, but you find it impossible to stop.

What are the actions you perform most often in these cases:

• checking things over and over again - for example, if an appliance is off, if you have turned off the stove.

• washing or cleaning things too much,

• performing something in a specific order, in a repetitive pattern or a certain number of times


Some people living with OCD are afraid of pollution. This means that you can constantly feel the need to make sure that something is clean and free of germs or dirt.

Your obsessive thought is usually that any pollution will harm yourself or a loved one. You may be afraid:

• shake someone's hand,

• use public toilets or shared toilets,

• touch the door handles,

• use plates, glasses in a public place,

• use public telephones,

• go to the hospital

• go to someone else's house, and

• touch common objects. Such as remote control, computer keyboard or money.


It happens when you feel the need to check something repeatedly. You may worry that something, or someone, might be damaged if you do not check something. Routine checks may include:

• that a light goes out,

• that a device is turned off. Such as stoves, an iron, a tap or a lamp,

• që një dritare të mbyllet ose një derë të jetë e mbyllur,

• simptomat e një sëmundjeje në internet,

• të kontrolloni në çantë nëse keni portofolin, telefonin ose çelësat


Ndodh kur e keni të vështirë të hiqni qafe sende në shtëpinë tuaj edhe kur hapësira po kufizohet. Ose kur shumica e njerëzve do t'i shihnin artikujt si jo të dobishëm. Ju mund të zbuloni se blini, grumbulloni dhe ruani sende edhe kur nuk ju duhen.

Historia e Benit

I realized at a young age that I had 'weird' rituals that I had to perform. When I started university, these got worse. I would not have been able to leave our shared apartment if I had not locked the bedroom door a few times. I would repeat this endlessly until I felt comfortable and that it was ‘enough’. I told some friends but I felt stupid and embarrassed. Only after receiving psychological help did I manage to get the right support and treatment.

What causes OCD?

• a personal experience,

• biological and genetic factors, and

• personality.

Although it is not known exactly why OCD develops, it can be successfully treated.

* Rethink article was adapted in Albanian by Tiranapost.al. Reprinting without the permission of the editor is prohibited