Today is the first day of the OCD Awareness Week.
We treat OCD daily at Turning Point Psychological Services and it is heartbreaking to see how many people go years and years before they are properly diagnosed and treated.
We will be posting daily updates, blogs, and other information throughout the week. Please help us spread the awareness of this disorder.
Please read further to learn more about OCD.
Illness anxiety (formerly known as hypochondriasis and health anxiety) is a preoccupation with having or getting a serious disorder despite having no symptoms or only benign symptoms.
If you are a parent of a child who has OCD, you know only too well how easy it is to get entangled in an endless argument where you try to use logic to no avail. You tell your child how unlikely it is that something bad will happen, you teach her to think positively, you reassure her, and you try to help her out.
Do you wonder whether you may suffer from undiagnosed OCD?
You may have intrusive thoughts and maybe even some rituals, but your room is unbelievably messy, and you don’t feel you have to wash your hands all the time. And even though your thoughts are driving you nuts, they are actually about realistically dangerous things, things that most people would be scared of happening. And nobody even notices your rituals.
As I’m stepping out of my office into the reception area to get my next patient, Michael, I can see that he is distressed.
“What’s going on?” I ask as we take our seats.
This is a question we get asked a lot at our OCD clinic: “How do I know if this thought is my OCD or if it is a ‘normal’ thought?” It usually happens when a person in treatment has certain familiar “regular” OCD thoughts, but then suddenly gets hit with a new, unfamiliar, unwanted intrusive thought that may or may not be OCD-related.
Trichotillomania (TTM or Trich – pronounced as “trick”) is a disorder where a person repeatedly pulls hair, which results in hair loss. This condition is diagnosed when the person is unable to decrease or stop pulling despite the willingness to do so and feels embarrassed, ashamed, and distressed.