causing them to be filled with fearfulness and uncertainty.
Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by a stressful event (such as speaking in public or a first date), anxiety disorders last at least 6 months and can get worse if they are not treated.
If OCD becomes severe, it can keep a person from working or carrying out normal responsibilities at home.
People with OCD may try to help themselves by avoiding situations that trigger their obsessions, or they may use alcohol or drugs to calm themselves.
When I set my alarm at night, I had to set it to a number that wouldn't add up to a 'bad' number." "Getting dressed in the morning was tough, because I had a routine, and if I didn't follow the routine, I'd get anxious and would have to get dressed again.Other common rituals are a need to repeatedly check things, touch things (especially in a particular sequence), or count things.Some common obsessions include having frequent thoughts of violence and harming loved ones, persistently thinking about performing sexual acts the person dislikes, or having thoughts that are prohibited by religious beliefs.I'm afraid to go back to places where I've had an attack.Unless I get help, there soon won't be anyplace where I can go and feel safe from panic."Panic disorder is a real illness that can be successfully treated.That was completely irrational, but the thoughts triggered more anxiety and more senseless behavior.