Obsessive thoughts and behaviors hinder ability to work

We likely all know someone we’d categorize as being a bit of a perfectionist. These individuals tend to have one or two things they like done a very specific and particular way. While we all have a tendency to display perfectionist or compulsive behaviors, for individuals diagnosed with suffering from obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, the obsessive thoughts and behaviors associated with the disorder can be extremely disruptive and debilitating.

With varying degrees of severity, some diagnosed with mild OCD may thrive in certain situations or work environments that require precision and adherence to procedure. Others with OCD, however may feel trapped and rendered helpless by their distracting and pervasive thoughts and behaviors.

Typically diagnosed during early adulthood, OCD is categorized by a preoccupation with orderliness and rigid and persistent thought patterns that often interfere with every day activities and functions. As a result, those with OCD typically have problems socially and are limited in their ability to perform many tasks.

While several prescription medications have been found effective in the treatment and management of the disorder, many diagnosed individuals are still not able to work or effectively hold a job. While inclinations towards perfectionism and over-working are common, many OCD individuals have difficulty following work procedures and completing required tasks in a timely manner.

In addition to taking prescription medication, it’s important that those suffering from OCD become educated about their condition so they can take steps to address and stop disruptive repetitive thought patterns. Treatment options such as behavioral therapy and psychotherapy can also be effective in helping redirect and stop repetitive thoughts and behaviors.

Source: Windsor Beacon, “Obsessive-compulsive personality order can get in way of work,” Sandi Squicquero, Mar. 27, 2012

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