Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder can contain a large array of anxiety symptoms. Coping with anxiety of this nature may become more frustrating as this disorder is personalized by the individual’s thoughts and environmental compulsions and the cause of anxiety expands to absorb a majority of their waking hours.

Many suffers don’t recognize any difference with their behavior at the onset of these anxiety symptoms. As their disorder escalates and their fixations focus on an increased amount of ritualistic behaviors the cause of anxiety starts to become more relevant.

Researchers cannot locate the exact cause that triggers this disorder and therefore any noted causes would only be a speculation. A number of treatments are available as they are to treat many anxiety symptoms and causes of anxiety.

Obsessive compulsive disorder anxiety symptoms could resemble but are not limited to any of the following actions:

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  • Repeats hand washing several times a day for fear of being exposed to germs


  • Feeling the need to count such as steps, ceiling tiles or sidewalk cracks


  • Return several times to see if they have shut or locked a door


  • Leaving home only to circle the block and return to see if they have shut off the stove or closed the garage door


  • Constantly placing items in order and aligning them to perfection

As the obsessive compulsive disorder evolves the individual becomes aware that their behaviors are not rational. Coping with anxieties such as these may become exhausting when it is repeated over and over but even though the individual finds this to be a cause of anxiety, they feel bound to comply with the ritual to fend off feelings of panic or dread.



Treatments encompass therapies such as cognitive and behavioral therapies. This is a more difficult disorder to redirect the individual’s perception due to the fact that the act of checking and rechecking something is granting the individual temporary relief from their cause of anxiety so in essence they are getting rewarded for their actions.


In an attempt to deprogram obsessive compulsive disorder and decrease some of these anxiety symptoms the person will be taught to withdrawal from the sensation to recheck the door or to count their steps or wash their hands more than once. In many cases anti-anxiety medications may be prescribed.

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The victims of this disorder are not only dealing with their ritual actions of checking and rechecking but they are experiencing many thoughts outside of these noticeable compulsions which become disturbing and troubling to the person. This compounded cause of anxiety is due to inappropriate sexual images or extreme violence such as visualizations of stabbing someone repeatedly with a knife.

The thoughts are random and unwelcome. The person finds it maddening to prevent or attempt to thwart these types of intrusive thoughts.

To seek a specialist in your geographical area just click here and type in your zip code for a list of specialists in your area. This service is provided by ADAA, Anxiety Disorders Association of America.


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