OCD of Symmetry and Order (Part 2)


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OCD of Symmetry and Order (Part 2) 1

Obsessions of Symmetry OCD:

The other reason for having this is a feeling that they will be ashamed if someone in the society points out the mistake in symmetry and they will be proved wrong. So they think that the asymmetry is a question on their reputation so they have to give attention to it. 

Whenever they see that something inside or outside their home is not in symmetry, then something wrong may happen with them or their beloved ones so they have to fix it immediately. 

People with Symmetry OCD have an intense reaction to anything that is asymmetrical like words on a page, shoelaces on shoes, or any number of things that “don’t line up evenly” They don’t hesitate to comment on that no matter where they are.

People with Symmetry OCD have an overwhelming need or urge for things to be balanced; for example, needing to hold a cup of coffee with both hands exerting the same amount of pressure on each side of the cup, or walking through a doorway with both shoulders perfectly balanced.

Compulsions or Symptoms

People with symmetry OCD spend a lot of time arranging and rearranging the things in symmetry and order, throwing them away if they seem them ‘too many’. They think that the things need too much time to be ‘just right’.

They always keep aligning the things in order and lining them up so they are equally spaced. IF they are not equally spaced, they might put them closer and start again lining them up to make them equispaced.  

They give extra attention to everything they do to make sure that they are symmetric. Even when they are standing they might be adjusting their shoulders because they think that their shoulders should be at equal height. When walking, they give attention if they are putting equal pressure with both their feet or not. While writing they give attention on the way they are holding the pencil, if it is symmetrical or not.

They make sure that everything if they have or they are going to buy is even in number or not. If they are going to buy a ring for their partner, you may see them buying the rings for both the hands. Because in future, when they see a ring in one hand and not in other, they may feel anxious. 

They start avoiding things or places that contain things with asymmetry. 

Difference between a normal person and person with OCD

Everyone loves the clean and neat things but the people with OCD are different. We might want everything in order and we like the things with that criteria. But if the things are not in symmetry, normal people may ignore that but a person with OCD can’t, she or he has to fix it. 

If a normal person arranges things in symmetry, he will do it in one go but a person with OCD will check it again and again if it is in symmetry or not. If she or he finds a slight asymmetric thing, she or he will start again. He will involve himself all day to keep the things in order and symmetry.

If a normal person sees things that are not in symmetry, it doesn’t make him or her anxious but for a person with OCD, it can make him or her anxious and they might not be able to focus on any other thing. 

By these points, you can find out if you have OCD or not.

Treatment of OCD:

To treat OCD, there is a combination approach of medication and psychotherapy (Commonly known as counseling.) Both are equally important in medicine.

The medicines used to treat OCD are called SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors). The treatments are used to balance the lack of serotonin. This process is long and takes about a year to recover fully.

The other aspect of the treatment is psychotherapy. There are multiple sessions with the patient, and the therapist takes him through mental challenges. In these sessions, the patient is asked to do the things that create obsessive thoughts. Then the patient has to control the compulsion. This process makes the patient think the obsessions are not harmful. This is called Exposure Response Prevention Therapy or ERP.

There are other techniques also. One of them is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT. The patients are taught to identify negative thinking causes and replace them with positive habits with their assertive behaviour.


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Written By Shyam Sunder(The Rest Frame)

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