How do you know if you need help with OCD?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in CBT, OCD | Comments Off

How do you know if you need help with OCD?

People are all different, diverse, and gloriously strange at times. One person’s “preference” is another’s obsession, and people often joke about being “OCD” about things — whether how they store their shoes or how fastidious they are about grooming. So how do you know when a person’s life patterns indicate they might need help?

Oftentimes, someone with OCD has anxiety-inducing thoughts, that lead to impulses that can lower levels of that anxiety. If these anxieties and compulsions reach a point where it affects his or her ability to function in life, perform their job, or maintain meaningful relationships, that person should seek professional help.

Part of the therapy process is to perform an assessment to see where you are and understand your background, then come up with a plan of treatment. That may sound like a daunting process, but Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is highly effective for OCD, and seeking help may be your first step toward change.