OCD: So much more than just cleanliness

OCD: So much more than just cleanliness
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OCD, which stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is not just the general notion that we believe that someone with OCD just has the repeated urge to clean things or organise things. While OCD encompasses so much more, many types of OCD exist that the average person is unaware of. OCD appears in many forms. OCD is a disorder where an individual is dealing with an urge to obsessively engage in an activity because of the extremely strong impulse that they feel from within them. It is an internal push that may have multiple reasons but drives them to the point of insecurity where it begins to affect their everyday lives. While it’s difficult and almost impossible to identify or realise that one has OCD, the general symptoms may be as follows:

  • Compulsive behaviour
  • Agitation
  • Meaningless repetition
  • Ritualist behaviour
  • Social isolation
  • Anxiety
  • Apprehension
  • Fear
  • Food aversion
  • Repeatedly going over thoughts


The different types of OCD are:

  1. Cleanliness: This would definitely top the list. cleanliness as an OCD is nothing but the repeated urge to clean and keep cleaning even is the place is clean. An individual with an OCD to clean will not only be cleaning by themselves all the time but a lot also keeping picking the brain of people around them to do the same. While they may not understand or even accept that it is a serious issue they believe there is nothing wrong with being clean, this can be driven by a number of factors them being having the fear of contamination where they may feel extremely scared of falling sick due to dirt, or could be just the need of wanting everything spick and span.
  2. Organization: Organization is again a pretty common OCD, and as the name says it all, here a person feels the incessant need to keep everything super organized, like as basic as keeping your books in height order, sorting your clothes in very specific segregations, while these are all normal behaviours, they can be classified as an OCD when the lack of organization may start giving you anxiety and panic, this becomes an obstacle to daily life, hence becomes an OCD.
  3. Existential: Anyone suffering from an existential OCD is living life in complete doubt and fear. Existential OCD is the constant confusion about whether a certain situation or person is true, is it happening in reality or a part of part of their mind. They are unable to believe that what they are experiencing is not fake. They have a conflict in their mind because a part of them wants to believe its true, but the other half of themselves refuses to let them.
  4. Intrusive: Intrusive OCD is such where the troubled individual has intrusive thoughts and dreams about harming others. These thoughts are not subjective to circumstance but at any random moment in time they may have the idea of driving a car into a busy street, or physically harming a loved one. One generally wishes to stopping having these thoughts but they still receive a weird satisfaction. while with proper help from a professional, they can control these intrusive impulses.
  5. Checking: This too is a commonly observed OCD as people with this have a tendency of over-checking. they will never be assured by just one check. it can be as basic as the checking whether they shut the light in the room about 4 times, just because they are unsure. they even check the gas knob, door knob, etc. This is an incredibly obsessive behaviour, and the regular person may find it very annoying but for someone who is troubled by it it is a nagging doubt.
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