There are many different types of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and the first part of our blog covered checking, contamination and mental contamination. Below we bring you some more ways that OCD can seriously impact a person’s life.
Another obsession associated with OCD is the inability to discard useless or worn out possessions which is commonly referred to as hoarding. Sufferers may find that their home is full of old clothes, magazines, furniture, books, food, toys and appliances that they never use but just can’t bring themselves to throw away.
In the context of OCD, rumination is a train of prolonged thinking about a question or theme that is undirected and unproductive. Unlike obsessional thoughts, rumination are not objectionable and are indulged rather that resisted. Examples can include dwelling on religious or philosophical topics such as the origins of the universe, life after death and the nature of morality.
This is when a person suffers with obsessional thoughts that are repetitive, disturbing and often horrific in nature. An example might include causing violent or sexual harm to loved ones. Because these thoughts are repetitive and involuntary, they cause the sufferer extreme distress. People with OCD are actually less likely to commit such acts however because they find them so repugnant and go to great lengths to avoid them and prevent them from happening.
Relationship Intrusive Thoughts
This is constant obsessive doubts over the suitability of a relationship, one’s partner or their sexuality. Examples can include:
* Constantly analysing the depth of feelings towards a partner and placing the partner and the relationship under a microscope and finding fault with it
* Needing constant reassurance and approval from a partner
* Doubts about their partner being faithful
* Questioning their sexuality and having feelings, thoughts and impulses about being attracted to members of the same sex
Symmetry and Orderliness
The need to have everything lined up perfectly in order to prevent discomfort of harm from occurring is common in OCD sufferers. This means that things may need to be tidy and in its place at all times, all pictures must be aligned and straight, canned food items must all be facing the same way, clothes must be hung up perfectly and all facing the same way and no marks or smudges on surfaces or windows.
If you think that you or someone you know could be suffering with OCD, please feel free to visit our Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Knowledge Centre for more information about the condition, symptoms and treatments available.