How to Manage Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Everyone feels anxious at times, it is an inherent part of being a member of the human race. For those with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, an anxiety-driven condition that affects 1% of the U.S. population, anxiety is only part of the picture.
For people with OCD, feelings of anxiety are accompanied by a set of thoughts, mental images or repetitive cognitive patterns that cause distress.
Those thoughts become burdensome and sometimes the mind develops an idea that a certain set of behaviors will alleviate those feelings of distress. Rather than solving the distress, the behaviors also can become cyclical, much like the thoughts and feelings.
The combination of cyclical thoughts, feelings and behaviors create the perfect storm in someone with OCD.
Sometimes the condition is fairly low grade and can be easily managed, while others experience OCD on a more severe level, which can impact quality of life.
When you love someone with OCD, it can be painful to watch their journey through these difficult circumstances. It may feel as if you are helpless to do anything but stand by and watch the person struggle.
You cannot solve someone’s challenges with OCD any more than you could repair a broken leg for them, but you can be a positive support, and this can make a huge difference.
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