I often hear
people use the phrase, “I’m so OCD about…” I understand what they mean, but it
also occurred to me that most probably don’t really have OCD, and many might
not know what it actually is, so here’s a quick description:
OCD stands for obsessive-compulsive disorder and a person with it has obsessive and distressing thoughts or images in their head that they can’t get rid of. Then, to help counteract the anxiety and terrible feelings that the obsessions cause, they’ll compulsively do some type of repetitious behavior (like handwashing, counting, or checking), which can consume hours of their day.
So, if this
doesn’t describe you, chances are you don’t have OCD. Nonetheless, is it possible
that you’re a little too obsessive about certain things in your life?
Obsessiveness Have the Upper Hand?
When we get too
obsessed with anything it’s as though our brains get hyper-focused on whatever
it is and can’t let go. For example:
If you tend
to do/say/think things like these, chances are there’s something going on deep
inside of you that is driving the unhealthy and negative thinking that you’re stuck
Speaking from personal experience, there was a period in my life when I was obsessed with my appearance and did everything I could to try to minimize my perceived flaws, including excessive exercising and purging my food. I couldn’t seem to stop myself—even when I didn’t feel well. What I didn’t know at the time was that my extreme and obsessive behaviors were a cover for my insecurities and how bad I felt about myself underneath it all.
Are there behaviors or beliefs in your life that you can’t seem to let go of—even though they might be detrimental to your mental or physical health? If so, chances are they’re serving some kind of purpose for you—but not in a good way. Obsessiveness often gives us a false sense of control. And many people who struggle with it tend to be pretty stressed out—not just from the thoughts or behavior, but also from what’s driving them. In many cases, there might be an underlying mental health issue like anxiety, depression, or unhealed trauma, relationship and social problems, and/or financial challenges.
struggling with the strain of being too obsessive in your life, there are some
very doable ways to get your thoughts and/or behaviors under control. Using
introspection as your guiding light, it’s possible to identify and examine what’s
really going on.
Here are 4 ways to help yourself:
if you’re having difficulty managing your thoughts and behaviors, please reach
out to a psychotherapist or schedule a psychiatric evaluation, so you can get
professional help for healing. Although to an outsider, your obsessiveness may
fly under the radar, if it goes on for too long without being addressed,
eventually it can really get in the way of living a normal life.
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If you’re struggling and need professional help, Amen Clinics is here for you. We offer in-clinic brain scanning and appointments, as well as mental telehealth, remote clinical evaluations, and video therapy for adults, children, and couples. Find out more by speaking to a specialist today at 888-288-9834 or visit our contact page here.