Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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Children with ADHD and anxiety appear to experience more emotional dysregulation than their peers. While they experience the same emotions as individuals their age, they experience them much more frequently and intensely. They may be more likely to get stuck and caught up in their emotion due to difficulties with executive functioning skills and seeing the bigger picture.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is commonly known as OCD and is characterized by chronic, uncontrollable thoughts, known as obsessions; and behaviors, known as compulsions. An individual with obsessive compulsive disorder will feel the need to repeat these thoughts and behaviors over and over again.

  1. Uncontrollable thoughts may come in the form of beliefs, ideas, impulses or urges that take up much of an individual’s day and cause anxiety or distress. Some of the most common obsessions include:
      • Contamination/germs
      • Order or routine
      • Horrific impulses
      • Sexual thoughts

An individual experiencing obsession may constantly worry about:

    • The curling iron in the bathroom even though they know it is unplugged
    • How many germs are on the door handle going into work
    • Losing control and hurting someone they see everyday
    • Being responsible for something horrible happening
    • Needing to obtain perfection on the task at hand
    • Taboo sexual thoughts
    • Morality or right and wrong in excessive amounts
  1. Uncontrollable Behaviors are the second part of obsessive-compulsive disorder in which an individual feels they must act, typically to prevent something bad from happening or to obtain peace of mind. Common compulsions include:
    • Washing hands excessively
    • Cleaning household objects repeatedly
    • Taking extreme measures to remove germs
    • Knocking on the door seven times, (or any specific number) every time
    • Repeatedly checking the stove even though you know it is turned off
    • Flipping the light switch on and off a certain number of times
    • Keeping an exact number of coins in your right pocket
    • Repeating body movements such as tapping
    • Rereading sentences multiple times

Most often, an individual with obsessive compulsive disorder will engage in a behavior (compulsion) to eliminate or lessen the obsession (intrusive thought). Females are slightly more likely to develop OCD than males and both children and adults may suffer from the disorder. Therapy, neurofeedback, and learning how to control your “stress switch” are all ways to help cope with a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Call Serin Center today to schedule a consultation with a professional who can help.

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