Do you struggle to stop or slow down the thoughts in your head? Does it feel like your mind just cannot stop racing? Are your thoughts often irrational but despite your awareness of this your thoughts still persist? If yes, you may be suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. (OCD) OCD is a mental health disorder characterized by recurrent and persistent thoughts that interfere with your life. Often, these thoughts are accompanied by a need to complete an action which is defined as a “compulsion.” OCD sufferers report feeling anxious, depressed, frustrated , terrified and ashamed. What can be even more damaging is that people will blame themselves for their intrusive thoughts and misinterpret that their thoughts are a reflection on their own worth which then leads to more self destructive behavior.
Often times people need help learning how to manage OCD and must understand that the inability to control their thinking or actions is how the disorder disrupts the brain. It becomes a paradox where one cannot stop their obsessive thinking and compulsive behaviors because to do so would be highly uncomfortable yet to continue with their thoughts and actions is just as uncomfortable. People report feeling such despair because they cannot feel any sense of calm in their lives. However, with assistance one can learn to live with OCD and restore a sense of value and quality of life.