General Symptoms of OCD
The General Symptoms of OCD (obsessions)
- There are intrusive recurrent and persistent thoughts, images or impulses causing marked anxiety or distress.
- The thoughts, impulses, or images are not simply excessive worries about real-life problems.
- The person attempts to ignore or suppress intrusive thoughts, impulses, or images, or neutralize them with some other thought or action.
- The person recognizes the obsessive thoughts, impulses, or images are a product of his or her own mind, and are not based in reality.
The General Symptoms of OCD (compulsions)
- There are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that the person feels driven to perform in response to an obsession, or according to some set of rules that must be applied rigidly.
- The behaviors or mental acts are aimed at preventing or reducing distress or preventing some dreaded event or situation; however, these behaviors or mental acts are not actually connected to the issue, or they are excessive.
Additionally symptoms of OCD include the individual coming to the realization his/her obsessions are unreasonable or excessive. Moreover, the obsessions or compulsions must be time-consuming (taking up more than one hour per day), cause distress, or impairment in social, occupational, or educational functions. The OCD may be accompanied with feelings of depression and / or anxiety. Some form of emotional or mental disruption is noticed.
It is advisable some form of OCD treatment is used to help overcome these symptoms, since the general symptoms of OCD do not usually go away on their own.
These are only the general symptoms of OCD. For a more in depth look at OCD see specific signs of obsessions and compulsions