When Is It Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
Many of us have experienced obsessing over different kinds of things, even those that are very unimportant. When this happens, we usually feel uneasy and anxious. But how do we know if our obsessive behavior already crossed the ‘normal’ line?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and ritualized, repetitive behaviors that a person feels compelled to do or perform. When a person has OCD, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors tend to become so consuming that they interfere with his or her daily life. That person may also recognize that his or her obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors are irrational and unfounded. OCD makes you act this way, lets you perform repetitive behaviors, not to offer you any sense of pleasure but to make you feel relieved for the anxiety that your obsessive thoughts feed you. Our behavioral health service in Maryland can very well assess you for these kinds of thoughts and behaviors.
When self-remedies don’t help with your obsessive-compulsive behavior, cognitive-behavioral therapy is often resorted to as it is found to be the most effective treatment for such. Our psychiatric treatment in Fort Washington, Maryland can be of help to you or your loved ones.