Coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder can be pretty frustrating. About 1 in 100 adults — or between 2 to 3 million adults in the United States — currently have OCD. However, you do not need to fret if you are one of them. Obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD can be managed to help you live a normal life.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety ailment that causes people to battle with uncomfortable but recurrent fears, thoughts, and feelings that provoke compulsive behavior.
People with OCD first experience thoughts and impulses that refuse to go away. These thoughts and “messages” are difficult to control and demand that the subject perform repeated actions. These thoughts and fears lead to anxiety and stress.
Like most chronic diseases, OCDs are easier managed than cured. So, how do you live with it? We shared some tips below.
Traumatic events and stress are significant triggers for OCD-related thoughts and impulses. While staying away from stress is almost impossible, you can reduce your daily stress levels. Every individual doesn’t cope with the same amount of stress. Find out how much is too much and take steps to avoid a stress-filled day.
Hunger can make your mind attractive to obsessive thoughts. Feelings of hunger and its associated tiredness can cause stress and trigger OCD thoughts. Eating sufficient food will reduce OCD-related thoughts and feelings.
Support groups provide a safe space to manage OCD. By joining a community of persons with the same condition, you will escape the stigma of the disease. Support groups also provide the confidence and mental fortitude to live with the disorder. Persons with OCD will better understand your struggles when you open up.
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