Not all those who know the rules of a game can play the game. Similarly, knowing about OCD is different and analyzing and understanding its symptoms is different.
Occurrence of an image or a thought repetitively out of a person’s control is obsession but thinking occasionally about getting sickness or safety is not.
Repetitively performing time consuming activities can be a compulsion but practicing bedtime routine or religious activities is not.
Similarly, there are many different activities which are/ are not a symptom of OCD. Let’s brief them so as to understand the disease.
- Thoughts, images, or impulses that occur over and over again and feel out of the person’s control.
- The person does not want to have these ideas.
- He or she finds them disturbing and unwanted, and usually knows that they don’t make sense.
- They come with uncomfortable feelings, such as fear, disgust, doubt, or a feeling that things have to be done in a way that is “just right.”
- They take a lot of time and get in the way of important activities the person values (socializing, working, going to school, etc.).
- It is normal to have occasional thoughts about getting sick or about the safety of loved ones.
- Repetitive behaviors or thoughts that a person engages in to neutralize, counteract, or make their obsessions go away.
- People with OCD realize this is only a temporary solution, but without a better way to cope they rely on the compulsion as a temporary escape.
- Can also include avoiding situations that trigger their obsessions.
- Time consuming and get in the way of important activities the person values (socializing, working, going to school, etc.).
- Not all repetitive behaviours or “rituals” are compulsions. Bedtime routines, religious practices, and learning a new skill involve repeating an activity over and over again, but are a welcome part of daily life.
- Behaviours depend on the context: Arranging and ordering DVDs for eight hours a day isn’t a compulsion if the person works in a video store.
The descriptive analysis done here may help you to know if a person is suffering from OCD.
No cure can be started before diagnosing the disease and hence to diagnose or cure OCD, along with patience and methods to diagnose, a deep study and understanding of the mentioned disorder is required.