Welcome to Empowered Recovery Center

Signs of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, can be very obvious. Some signs are more subtle than others. Identifying these signs can help someone to begin the process of treating and healing from the condition that can be so life-altering for some. Proper care and treatment is essential for minimizing impacts to daily life and overall well-being in those suffering from this condition. 

Risk Factors of OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a condition in which a person has recurring, uncontrollable thoughts (or obsessions) and behaviors (or compulsions) that are repeated over and over again on a daily basis. The thoughts, or obsessions, create a feeling of anxiety in a person that can only be alleviated by participating in compulsive behaviors.

Examples of obsessive and compulsive behaviors include excessive handwashing, double-checking, hoarding, and counting or arranging objects. The thoughts that surround these behaviors can be so intrusive and overwhelming, and participation in the related behaviors can seemingly alleviate the obsessive thoughts and anxieties. Complex in nature, obsessive-compulsive disorder is a result of different genetic, psychological, biological, and environmental factors.

Some of these factors include:

  • Stress and trauma
  • Childhood infections and illness
  • Serotonin imbalances
  • Genetics or a family history
  • Personality traits (like perfectionism and rigidity)
  • Environmental factors (like exposure to toxins)

Understanding and identifying these potential risk factors can help to identify when someone could be at risk for developing OCD.

Genetics and OCD

Research suggests that those with a family history of obsessive-compulsive disorder could begin to exhibit signs of OCD themselves. Those with close relatives who suffer from OCD could be at a higher risk of developing this condition themselves. There are several genes that have been identified in susceptibility to developing OCD. Serotonin-regulating genes particularly play a role in OCD susceptibility.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for the regulation of mood and anxiety. Altered and varying of these genes can affect serotonin levels and receptor function which can result in developing signs of obsessive compulsive disorder. However, with the complexity of OCD, it is likely a polygenic condition that multiple different genes contribute to. 

OCD susceptibility is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. Factors within a person’s environment, mixed with genetic factors can contribute to a person’s developing OCD. Recognizing and understanding the genetic signs of OCD can help with prompt diagnosis and treatment for those who struggle with this condition.

Warning Signs of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder can be obvious. Due to the nature of the condition, obsessive thoughts are generally accompanied by compulsive behaviors that can be indicative of the condition. Identifying other signs can help a person to receive proper diagnosis and treatment before this life-changing condition has a major impact on their life.

Some signs that could indicate a person is struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder include:

  • Persistent obsessions: Recurring intrusive and distressing thoughts that surround contamination, harm to oneself or others, and symmetry or organization.
  • Compulsive rituals: Cleaning, washing hands, organizing, checking, or praying
  • Interference with daily life: OCD behaviors inhibit someone’s daily functionality due to the time-consuming nature of the rituals.
  • Distress and impairment: The obsessions and compulsions affect social, relational, occupational, and other important areas in a person’s life
  • Resistance: Challenges in avoiding obsessions and compulsions.
  • Avoidance: Avoiding potentially triggering situations in order to lessen distress caused by OCD symptoms.

The way that signs of OCD manifest and their severity can vary widely from person to person. Recognizing the signs, and implementing effective treatment options as well as necessary medications can help to alleviate these symptoms and help someone who is struggling with OCD to begin living a fulfilling life.

OCD Treatment

Proper identification and treatment is vital to ensuring minimal disruption to a person’s lifestyle as a result of OCD. Identifying the signs of OCD can help be a catalyst to receiving proper care. Treatment for OCD often includes a combination of therapies and medications to help alleviate the symptoms.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a beneficial form of therapy that can help to implement positive and healthy coping mechanisms. Additionally, dialectical behavior therapy can help with OCD symptoms.

These tools are essential for those who are struggling to find healthier ways of alleviating the symptoms and lowering anxiety levels. Replacing the unhelpful and unhealthy behaviors with positive and healthy ones can help to create a routine for someone to turn to when the symptoms of OCD seem overwhelming. 

Heal From Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 

Struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder can be life-altering. The impacts to a person’s quality of life can be severe and result in depression, anxiety, and disruption to their daily functionality. Thus, treating this complex and disruptive mental health condition properly is crucial to minimizing its effects on someone’s life.

If you or a loved one are struggling with OCD and its symptoms, Empowered Recovery Center can help. Our team of on-staff professionals is trained to help those struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder to find positive and healthy coping skills that can lessen the impacts to daily life.

Reach out and begin a healing journey of recovery from OCD.

It’s time to reclaim your life

Contact our team to find out how we can help you

Connect With Us

  • Empowered Recovery Center
    3651 Canton Road,
    Marietta, GA 30066

© 2023 Empowered Recovery Center