We’ve all heard people go “AH I’M SO OCD”, or “LOOK HOW OCD MY FRIDGE IS”. The fact is, OCD can be debilitating, and really hard to work through and recover from. We should also be aware that there are many different forms of OCD. We just have to stay aware and educate ourselves more. Then we can all grow together.

There are infinite types of OCD — it can impact any thought, any subject, any person, any fear, and frequently it fixates on what’s important in a person’s life. 

Common manifestations of obsessive-compulsive disorder:

  • Checking
  • Contamination
  • Mental Contamination
  • Hoarding
  • Ruminations
  • Intrusive Thoughts
  • Symmetry and Orderliness

The above list categorises the more common forms of obsessive-compulsive disorder and some of the fears associated with them. But this is by no means an exhaustive list and there will always be other OCD types not listed here.

Regardless of the type of OCD a person may be suffering with, the following three components are generally present: triggers, avoidance and reassurance.

Here are a few ways to help yourself or someone else who suffers from OCD.

*Reminder* Since there is an exhaustive list of OCD types it’s important to remember that there may be different paths that will work better for you but here are some ideas… 

  • Exposure response prevention therapy — focusing on exposing oneself obsessions in order to provoke anxiety and teach how to not engage with compulsions. Taking the control away from your obsessions and intrusive thoughts.
  • Acceptance — GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION for thoughts, images and feelings that may come up and cause distress — you’ve got this.
  • Self compassion — treat yourself with the same kindness you would extend to someone who came to you without judgement or shame recognising the recovery is not linear and there will be ups and downs.