OCD is not something that should be taken lightly. It is a serious condition that can affect a person’s mental health detrimentally.
It’s quite a common condition that causes a person to have obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.
OCD affects people of all ages and genders and while it has been known to develop in some people around puberty, it usually occurs during early adulthood.
OCD can be very distressing, and severely disrupt your life – but that is not something to worry about. With the right psychological help and treatments you can keep it under control at a level that doesn’t interfere with your day to day life.
“An obsession is an unwanted and unpleasant thought, image or urge that repeatedly enters your mind, causing feelings of anxiety, disgust or unease. A compulsion is a repetitive behaviour or mental act that you feel you need to carry out to try to temporarily relieve the unpleasant feelings brought on by the obsessive thought.” – NHS
Of course, the only way to an OCD diagnosis is to see a psychologist, starting with a trip to your local GP. However thanks to the internet, there are plenty of resources to help you determine if OCD is something you should be concerned about.
Below, courtesy of Playbuzz, we have a quiz that may help you to see if your eyes, brain and OCD radar are sensitive enough to see any differences in these almost identical pictures. While it can be argued that these tests may tap into your visual perception skills, the reasoning behind them does have similarities to OCD however it’s important to remember this was made for amusement only and it is not a diagnosis.
If you feel you may be suffering with OCD or another mental illness please do see your GP or look up local Psychological therapies in your area.