…For the LORD sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him… – 1 Chronicles 28:9
Hopeless and desperate feelings are natural responses to situations that seem out of our control. It’s easy to forget that God is in control and knows every anxious thought, feeling, and behavior. Bellevue Christian counselors work from a faith-based understanding help you find freedom from OCD through best practice therapies and the ultimate source of healing – the promises of God.
How Do I Know if I Have OCD?
Many sufferers of OCD may rule themselves out as having this condition, since it is typical for us to imagine obsessive-compulsive behavior in its most extreme forms. However, OCD is more common than people suppose, with nearly 3% of adults diagnosed with OCD in 2015. Moreover, many adults diagnosed with OCD are able to live productive, independent lives.
Consider whether you or a loved one suffer from OCD with this list of common symptoms:
- You have recurring and persistent anxious thoughts.
- You have a fear of dirt, germs, or sickness, causing you to wash your hands excessively.
- You repeatedly keep track of or count things, needing the arrangement of items to be perfect.
- You have irrational obsessions that seem unnecessary, such as relationship issues that are not considered problems by others.
- You fear the possibility that you will harm yourself or someone else.
Obsessive behaviors or thoughts are triggered differently in people for various reasons, ranging from silent anxieties to severe issues that keep you from functioning well in your daily life. Christian OCD counseling, no matter how you experience OCD, can guide you to solutions that are compassionate and effective.
Obsessions and Compulsions Defined
Put simply, obsessions are unwanted thoughts and compulsions are out of control behaviors. People who suffer from OCD use compulsive behaviors to ease their obsessions, the intrusive thoughts and anxieties they experience. From this general definition, we get many variations of OCD symptoms.
Those who suffer from OCD typically describe a trapped feeling because of racing thoughts, such as intrusive ideas or impulses that cause worry or fear, hindering normal daily functionality.
Obsessive thoughts may include:
- Strong desires for perfection
- Being afraid of the typical ways people interact with dirt, germs, or sickness
- Being suspicious about the motives of others
- The fear that you will harm someone or even yourself
- Thinking too often and too anxiously about relationship issues
People who suffer from OCD often seek to quiet their obsessions with highly structured or ritualistic behaviors.
Compulsive behaviors may include:
- Repeated washing, cleaning, or excessive checking that a task has been done correctly
- Hoarding items that can easily be discarded
- Rearranging or reorganizing unnecessarily and frequently
- Frequently moving or organizing items to keep them in perfect order
A person’s social, emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being can be seriously affected by obsessive-compulsive behaviors, even if the person’s symptoms are considered to be less serious. Many people who need help do not get it, either out of shame or the opinion that their symptoms are not extreme.
The best thing to do, however, is to start the conversation with a professional therapist at Bellevue Christian Counseling. We will work with anyone at any pace they need to address questions, figure out the severity of a condition, and guide people to lasting freedom from OCD.