Many people throw diagnoses around saying, "Oh, I'm so OCD about..." Although it's unlikely that you actually have the disorder, there can be a fine line between attention to details and perfectionism and actually having a disorder like obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Though there are some obvious signs you suffer from the disorder, there are also some seemingly innocent habits that are actually signs of OCD.
"We all have obsessions and we all have compulsive behaviors, to some extent, but when it becomes intrusive, excessive, and impairs daily functioning, that's when a parent needs to start worrying about it," Dr. Eugene Beresin, the executive director for The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, tells Romper. Beresin noted that approximately 50 percent of diagnosed cases of OCD present in childhood. The diagnostic criteria for the disorder, however, is the same whether in a child or an adult. Adults and older kids may be able to better vocalize the obsessive thoughts that often go along with the disorder, while compulsive behaviors will be more obvious to others when it comes to younger kids. If you suspect that you, your child, or another loved one may have OCD, it's worth talking to a qualified healthcare professional. Beresin stresses that treatments like medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) work, and getting the help you need shouldn't be something that makes you feel shame.
Think you may no someone who suffers from OCD? Or think you yourself suffer? These seemingly innocent habits could be a sign of a bigger issue.