A person suffering from OCD wants the reassurance of their routine and believes if they carry this out, or check something a certain amount of times then they will feel better. However, sufferers often find that after doing their activity they don’t actually feel any better, simply more frustrated, and still do not have that peace of mind that they were searching for. So the circle of behaviour continues without any real satisfaction achieved.
People suffering from OCD can become extremely anxious and start to avoid going out, even to the point where they cannot make themselves leave the house because they are worried that they haven’t switched an electric appliance off for example. They may be scared that they will attack or hurt someone, or worried they will cause an accident.
OCD in its extreme form can be exhausting and extremely stressful, causing the sufferer many other problems alongside this, such as red raw hands from constant washing or scrubbing, tension headaches from worrying and even being unable to work if they cannot leave the house for fear of having left an appliance on.
What are compulsions?
Compulsions are an irresistible urge to perform a certain task or activity. The person will feel some reward for their actions, maybe even a feeling of satisfaction for a while. When the stress and tension in this person’s life increases their compulsive behaviour will also increase often causing feelings of guilt for their actions. Some of their behaviour patterns may include: