How to Asses if a Person is Suffering from OCD?

John Neyman Jr
Dr. John is a counselor and therapist to ADHD children and their parents

As we all know, obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD is an anxiety disorder described by repetitive or recurring thoughts and compulsive behaviors. This notably hinder one’s ability in having a life that is normal. When we say obsession, this may be fears of bad things happening or maybe be urges to harm another person. On the other hand, compulsions are behaviors that are abnormally repetitive act such as hand washing, checking several times if the doors are lock, counting again and again, combing hair repeatedly, etc. Sometimes, there are persons who were mistakenly identified or wronged to have OCD, so proper assessment must be in consideration. However, one must remember that OCD goes beyond normal worries, fears, doubts or behaviors.

This kind of disorder must not be taken lightly. Therefore this must be diagnosed by a specialist, doctors, psychiatrists, or licensed professionals. They can be the liable experts that can diagnose if a person is having this disorder. You can help them assess you by keeping thorough observations and make notes of your obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors; include when, where, and how every symptoms take place.

You can also assess someone if he or she has OCD based on the character that correlates to its signs and symptoms which are highly beyond normal. So you must learn about what OCD means. You can do research or read about it in books or in the internet. With right information regarding this disorder, it can help you in assessing someone with possible OCD.

You must remember that individuals exhibiting OCD must have consistent manifestation of its symptoms. These can be persistent fears, worries or thoughts. Also actions like, check and recheck things repeatedly. They usually have the feeling that you have to do things in a specific outline and in precise number of times. These actions are already interrupting or disrupting the normal daily activities of a person.

There are also self-test for OCD in the internet or even in books, and by doctors. Be sure that it’s liable tests as well. Questionnaires that were provided include the possible symptoms of OCD that must be answered accurately as much as possible. Though with this you can’t legitimately diagnose OCD, your answers may propose additional evaluation. You can also print out your answers and see a licensed professional to read and interpret it for you.

Since OCD is a medical condition, it can’t be diagnosed through blood tests. Diagnosis can be based through the person’s explanation of his behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. In order for your physician to help you, you must give an update about the symptoms that hinder with your daily life. So make sure to have an appointment with a psychologist or other OCD specialist.

To better help or assist a person with OCD, you must learn its nature, symptoms, treatments, and how to deal with it properly. So seeking advice from experts or doing research about it can help you a lot.

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