Madisonville, Ohio
4790 Red Bank Expy, Suite 216
Cincinnati, OH 45227
(513) 321-1753

3 Leading Symptoms of OCD January 16, 2020

Madisonville, Cincinnati
3 Leading Symptoms of OCD, Cincinnati, Ohio

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a complex mental health condition that can have debilitating results. It’s defined by patterns of fear and anxiety that lead to compulsive and sometimes damaging behavior. Recognizing symptoms early on ensures that you or a loved one receives the care needed to take control and manage this condition.

Common OCD Symptoms

1. Unwanted Distressing Thoughts

Most cases of OCD begin with unwanted, obsessive thoughts. These often cause significant stress and anxiety and are uncontrollable. Common examples include a fear of germs or requiring symmetry and order, such as the placement of foods on a dinner plate. A person may show significant emotional distress if they feel they’re contaminated or order is broken.

2. Avoiding Trigger Situations

A person may be vocal about their obsessive thoughts and begin avoiding trigger situations. If they have a fear of dirt or germs, they may avoid touching other people or objects, recoil when touched, or steer clear of places they feel are contaminated. If they obsess over thoughts of hurting others or have unwanted sexual thoughts—common OCD themes—they may avoid people and meaningful relationships.

3. Compulsive Reactions

ocdTo reduce the anxiety of their obsessions, people with OCD often turn to compulsive actions. They may wash their hands or home until their skin is raw or objects are ruined. They also may develop rituals, such as checking door locks every 10 minutes or counting items to ensure order. Rigid routines often develop, and breaking them can be severely distressing. Luckily, there are many treatment options, including psychotherapy, medication, and holistic care.


If you have concerns about OCD or other mental health issues, contact Teresa M. Anderson, MD. Based in Cincinnati, OH, Dr. Anderson provides one-on-one psychiatric services for conditions like bipolar disorder, depression, and PTSD. She’s proud to offer ketamine infusion therapy, which you can learn about on her website. Call (513) 321-1753 to schedule a consultation.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Teresa M. Anderson M.D., Inc.
Ketamine Infusion Therapy FAQ, Cincinnati, Ohio
If you seek therapy and medication for mood-related disorders such as depression or PTSD, a wide range of treatment options are available. Unfortunately, many of these take more
What Causes OCD?, Cincinnati, Ohio
Estimated to affect more than 2.2 million American adults, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a complex mental health condition that can be extremely disrupting to daily life. more
A Guide to Understanding Ketamine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Ketamine is a common anesthetic known for its dissociative properties and has been around since the 1960’s. When given to patients—human or animal—as an anesthetic during more
3 Reasons to See a Therapist Regularly, Cincinnati, Ohio
Some people put off seeing a therapist if they don’t see an apparent reason to do so. However, just like going to the dentist, regular therapy appointments are key to your overall more