Symptoms of OCD

Symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) typically come and go over time and may significantly interfere with your ability to work and have a family. Treatment can reduce the severity of the illness. And although some symptoms may linger after treatment, you should be able to have an active social life, raise a family and work.


Some Obsessive Thoughts

  • Fear of dirt or germs, overconcern about bodily smells/secretions or the proper functioning of the body
  • Overconcern with order, neatness and exactness
  • Fear of thinking bad thoughts or doing something embarrassing
  • Constantly thinking of certain sounds, words or numbers, or a preoccupation with counting or checking
  • Constant need for approval or the need to apologize
  • Fear that something terrible will happen or fear of harming yourself or someone else

Some Compulsive Behaviors

  • Frequently washing hands, showering or brushing teeth or the overuse of items to hide bodily smells
  • Constantly cleaning, straightening and ordering certain objects
  • Repeatedly checking zippers and buttons on clothing
  • Checking lights, appliances or doors again and again to be sure they are turned off or closed
  • Repeating certain physical activities, such as sitting down and getting up from a chair
  • Hoarding objects, such as newspapers
  • Asking the same question or saying the same thing over and over
  • Avoiding public places or taking extreme measures to prevent harm to yourself or others
  • Religious rituals, such as constant silent praying

Learn More About OCD Services at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital

Please call the Outpatient Clinic with questions, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 918-491-3700. Laureate Hospital is available 24 hours/7 days for all emergencies at 918-481-4000.

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