The Ebb & Flow of OCD Symptoms

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The Ebb & Flow of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Symptoms

Untreated symptoms of OCD can sometimes take a backseat to other things in life, and at other times they can be driving the vehicle dangerously full speed ahead. The waxing and waning of symptoms can be just as maddening as the symptoms themselves. When symptoms aren’t as prevalent, sufferers will often hold the belief that perhaps they may diminish and disappear forever. Unfortunately, this sets the individual up for feeling a giant loss of hope when symptoms return at full force. The fleeting feeling of relief provides a greater sense of urgency when the sufferer is hit square in the face with uncontrollable anxiety and the need to do compulsions.

This is the nature of OCD. OCD is a chronic condition and worsens without proper treatment. Treatment can be implemented at any time, but unfortunately many individuals will put off treatment if their symptoms have ebbed and are not extreme. This furthers the idea that perhaps their OCD isn’t as bad as they think and it can possibly subside on its own. This is a dangerous mindset. Eventually, symptoms return and the individual may experience even more distress after experiencing relief.

When OCD symptoms become present after a period of relief, sufferers may experience surges of panic and a dire need to find relief immediately. They may book an appointment with a therapist for treatment or a peer specialist for support in an urgent manner to seek hope and relief. If symptoms abate before the scheduled appointment, the urgency may have waned and individuals may cancel or not feel as engaged as they did when they booked the appointment believing maybe THIS time things will be different. It is not different, though. Untreated symptoms will likely never go away without proper medication and/or treatment with Exposure Response Prevention therapy.

There is no better time to find the right treatment for your OCD symptoms than right now. Finding help with OCD is necessary to live a full and successful life without symptoms interfering. Whether you are experiencing extreme urgency for relief, or your symptoms aren’t as extreme as they have been in the past. It is imperative to learn to manage the chronic and debilitating symptoms of OCD before things get too dire. If you are looking for an OCD therapist or resources in your area to get you on the path to recovery, please fill out the contact form on to set up a consultation or peer support session with Chrissie Hodges. She can help you get you on the right track toward recovery from OCD.