Though obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is one single condition, it can present itself in many different ways. No matter which way your OCD has developed, each one is the same in that you will need to work on your symptoms in order to free your life from its constraints. Fortunately, there are many different treatments that you can attempt in order to rid your life of the symptoms. Even if one is unsuccessful, there are many others that can be tried to gear yourself in the proper direction.
Among the various kinds of obsessive compulsive disorders, there are five that are the most common:
Cleaning – This first type is very typical of sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder and includes excessively washing oneself and/or excessively cleaning the space in which he or she exists. This type of OCD typically occurs because of an irrational fear of contamination on everyday items such as surfaces, doorknobs, and even dining utensils, dishes, or the soap itself. Clothes, homes, and their own person will be constantly cleaned.
Verifying – This type of obsessive compulsive disorder involves constantly checking that something hasn’t been done. People with this type of OCD will repetitively verify to see that the oven is off, that the tap is off, that a door or window is shut and locked, that a coffee maker isn’t running, etc. They become very lengthy rituals of checking and can cut into the day through repetition and worry.
Obsessing – This may seem like a redundant form of obsessive compulsive disorder, since it is part of the name of the disorder that sufferers will obsess over something. However, this type of obsessive compulsive disorder has to do with mentally envisioning bad things happening, for example, to people they love. They think of bad things happening to the people and then try to bathe the feelings through habits such as praying, counting, or phoning to check up on people.
Hoarding – This form of obsessive compulsive disorder involves collecting items that have no appeal or value and that simply fill up a living space. Hoarding is a very common type of obsessive compulsive disorder that affects approximately 4 million people and can go unrecognized, particularly if the person with this disorder does not invite other people into their homes.
Ordering – These are people with obsessive compulsive disorder who need to make sure that their household items, clothes, and other possessions are all arranged in a specific way or they will feel very upset. They need to face a certain way and become agitated when their routine is broken or possessions moved from the way they were.
Each of these types of obsessive compulsive disorder are serious and can become very intrusive in a person’s life, gradually becoming worse. They can be successfully treated with professional help and support from family and friends. Since these behaviors are deeply connected to persons emotions, attempting to treat people with these conditions without professional help is not recommended and may actually cause more harm than good. For more information and support for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, please visit the website International OCD Foundation.