Finding yourself doing specific things before sleeping or going out could be normal to you, just part of your routine, but it could also be that you have obsessive compulsive disorder.
This is a disorder where one has persistent upsetting obsessions which end up fully controlling the person’s lifestyle. It is described as persistent since the affected usually do specific actions on the regular, either in a day or even in an hour. It becomes habitual in the order of events of one’s lifestyle. These activities become upsetting to both the patient and people who live or interact with them.
Have you meet a person who has to count everything in groups of five or their favorite number? The person has an obsession with numbers such that failure to count makes them uncomfortable or just totally imbalanced. Other people have the tendency to wash their hands severally and it is not influenced by necessaries such as eating or visiting lavatories. You find out that they wash their hands five times every one hour, then, they are likely suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder.
An obsessive compulsive disorder usually develops in childhood or in early adulthood. This condition could be inherited from parents.
It is healthy to separate myths from the facts.
Having a definite procedure of doing certain things can be misdiagnosed as having obsessive compulsive disorder. If you do take a few minutes a day preparing yourself, minding how you look, then that is just your routine. However, if you take hours and constantly check yourself then you high chances are that you have this anxiety disorder.
To some healthy point, everyone could be described as having some obsession disorder. We tend to favor certain activities and do them on the regular. That though does not qualify that you suffer from compulsive obsessive disorder. However, when any repeated activity starts to interfere with your normal daily life, you should consider that as a sign that you are ill.
Having this disorder does not make you insane. You just have a routine way of doing things and expecting the same results. The brain works overtime leaving you anxious. You get to experience hazardous threats even after addressing whatever could be the cause. In the brain there is a small composition of cells known as the amygdala. It processes and evaluates all triggers of danger that the body experiences.
Speaking to someone such as a counselor or an understanding family member helps manage your illness. If the problem cannot be dealt with this simple way, consult a medical professional who will guide you further.