Though you’ve never shared this with anyone, you check the locks five times before you leave home -- every single day. And you check the stove five times, too. You even arrange household items in nifty groups of five.
You know these actions aren’t necessary, but you just can’t stop. It’s almost like you have to do it. And oddly enough, it always has to be in sequences of five.
Time and time again, you wonder if these actions are normal. But you’re afraid to ask a doctor for fear that he or she will think you’re nuts. It’s embarrassing, so embarrassing in fact that you’ve secretly lived with these behaviors for most of your life.
The question is: What’s really going on here?
We’ve got news for you. You’re not weird, kooky or crazy. And you’re not losing your mind. You just may have OCD.
Who Gets OCD?
Repetitive actions like these are signs of an anxiety disorder called obsessive- compulsive disorder, otherwise known as OCD. It’s an embarrassing disorder of rituals and repetition that can quietly wreak havoc upon your life.