Recognizing 5 Types of OCD
OCD can be tough to recognize. It can show up in many different forms, some of which you’ve probably never heard of. So how can you tell if you have OCD? As the name suggests, obsessive-compulsive disorder is defined by the presence of both obsessions and compulsions. In this case, they can be defined like this:
· Obsession - something you’re afraid of
· Compulsion - something you do to reduce your anxiety about it
The fear and the compulsive actions to control the fear become a vicious cycle, until you feel out of control. This cycle is what we call OCD. People with OCD are usually aware that their actions aren’t completely logical, but they feel unable to stop. Below are a few common types of OCD, including common obsessions (fears) and compulsions (actions to reduce fears).
5 Common types of OCD
#1 Contamination OCD
Contamination OCD is the fear that something is somehow unclean or harmful and will cause other things to become contaminated. This fear often comes with a sense of responsibility to make sure that contamination doesn’t happen.
· Items that are touched frequently (doorknobs, light switches, water fountains)
· Blood or other bodily fluids
· Poison or objects perceived as poisonous (cleaning supplies, expired food, x-rays, chemicals)
· Anything associated with illness or disease (people who are sick, hospitals, needles, bandages)
Common fears or obsessions:
· Fear of getting sick
· Fear of spreading contaminants to self or othe