Can a person have more than one type of OCD?. Do they affect the person at different times?
Last Updated: 10/04/2020 at 4:53pm
Paola Giordani, Psychoanalyst
I have helped and am helping people cope with loss, divorce, anguish and parenting. Depression is also a major issue that comes up.
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yes absolutely yes!! there are so many different variations of OCD- primarily obsessive thoughts, related disorders like dermatillomania or trichotillomania, or even OCD with comorbidities like generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, or eating disorders. You are absolutely not alone and how OCD affects you is personal and still valid.
Yes, a person can have more than one type of OCD in the sense that a person can experience contamination and checking, for example. OCD is different for everyone and often times, stereotypes only portray one type of OCD. It could be possible that different types of OCD affect a person at different times or that one is more prevalent at the moment.
Someone with OCD may have several different Obsession and Compulsion types, as well as co-occurring disorders. So for example, an individual with OCD can have obsessions focusing on contamination and the compulsions might be constantly cleaning surfaces or hands. Or an individual may only experience obsessions, also known as pure-o (pure OCD), where they won't experience compulsions or if they do are mental compulsions such as counting, focusing on thoughts, etc. An individual with OCD can also have co-occurring disorders such as depression, generalised anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, etc. An individual may also have what they call 'sub types' of OCD which are disorders that are apart of OCD including hoarding, body dysmorphic disorder, body focused repetitive disorder, Trichotillomania (hair pulling) disorder or excoriation (skin picking) disorder, etc. Does this make sense? If you would like some more information I would suggest having a look at the below websites to gain more information: International OCD Foundation: https://iocdf.org/ Beyond OCD https://beyondocd.org/ocd-facts Headspace https://headspace.org.au/young-people/what-is-ocd/ Beyond Blue https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/anxiety/types-of-anxiety/ocd
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