Obsessive-compulsive disorder, also known as OCD, is an anxiety disorder which can cause repetitive behaviours you feel you have to perform, as well as unwanted thoughts.
Who does OCD effect?
This disorder causes severe anxiety in those affected. OCD can affect anyone and can develop at any age, however often the disorder develops at puberty or early adulthood. The condition can impact men, women and children, who can all struggle with it for many different reasons.
What are the symptoms of OCD?
People who suffer from OCD often perform behaviours to try and prevent feelings they get. This becomes a cycle. For example, people who have a fear of germs and disease might wash their hands until raw, or avoid touching other people and shaking hands.
How does OCD affect feelings?
Someone who suffers from the illness usually has an OCD cycle. This starts with obsessions. Sufferers will get obsessed with doing an action that they feel will prevent something. The next stage in the cycle is anxiety. The anxiety is severe, as if someone is unable or hasn’t done something they feel they have to, they get anxious and full of fear. The next stage is compulsion. Eventually, someone with the illness will be forced to do something they do not want to do. The last stage is relief. People will be relieved if they don’t have to do something they do not want to or may feel relieved and forget about what they are obsessing over. The cycle carries then repeats.
How can the disorder impact relationships?
The feeling of having to repeat an action or behaviour can put an impact on someone’s relationships. People may feel isolated by their obsessions or unable to control them. People with OCD get negative and unwanted thoughts which can cause anxiety and depression which affects relationships and friendships with people.