Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common mental health condition in which a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.
What is OCD
OCD is when someone has an obsessive thought that leads to a compulsive behaviours. So for example the fear of germs is and obsessive thought and and cleaning something multiple times a day is the compulsive behaviour. So there is always a connection between the mental thought and the physical action.
What a person with OCD might experience
- Needing to do certain rituals before doing activities in their life. E.g turning a light on and off a few times before entering a room.
- Organising things so they are in colour order, alphabetical order, size order etc as they may say it eases their anxiety.
- Cleaning things far too much because of perhaps a fear of germs.
- Checking a door is locked multiple times because they are scared they’ll get burgled.
Those are just a few examples people may experience.
How to help someone with OCD
To help someone you first need to recognise it. So just check if they are a bit over the top in checking things and doing unnecessary things like the light switch example above.
To help them just don’t shout at them or judge them or get annoyed at them for perhaps being a bit slow at doing things because they check things a lot or do things you may think are irrational. Just try to reassure them that it is okay to do things without their rituals or that the stove is definitely off. Just be calm. Perhaps try to coax them a bit but don’t get annoyed of they need to do something just one more time. The best thing is to obviously get them help from a professional. Just be calm and have patience.
Thank you for reading. Have a lovely day.
– Willow ♡
*Disclaimer: Everything written is from my own knowledge apart from the definition. I am not a professional. Nothing is intended to offend anyone. This is just to raise awareness.*