Types of OCD
The types of OCD symptoms can vary from person to person. The following
are the most typical personality profiles of those suffering with OCD. It
is also common for people to experience a combination of the following traits.
Checkers: Checkers feel compelled to check objects such as door locks and “off” settings
on household appliances. They live with an excessive, irrational fear that
harm will be brought to themselves or others because of a failure to check
and recheck things. They often visualize horrific catastrophes in which they
are to blame for a lack of responsibility. Checkers often develop elaborate
checking rituals that make it difficult for them complete daily tasks.
Washers and Cleaners: Washers and cleaners have an irrational fear of contamination.
They compulsively avoid potential contaminants. They have obsessions regarding
disease spread by dirt, germs, viruses, and foreign substances. They live
with the constant dread of becoming contaminated or contaminating others.
Washers and Cleaners often wash and clean their hands, clothes, and houses
countless times a day, though they never feel clean or “safe” from
Orderers: Orderers are focused on arranging things in the “right” way.
Often, they must organize things in an exact, particular, or “perfect” way
before beginning daily tasks. They become extremely distressed if their things
are moved, touched, or rearranged.
Obsessionals: Obsessionals experience unwanted, intrusive and horrific thoughts
and images of causing harm to others. Many Obsessionals engage in repetitive
thoughts such as praying, counting, or repeating certain words, in order
to counteract their disturbing thoughts.
Hoarders: Hoarders collect insignificant items and have difficulty throwing
away things most people would consider to be of no value. Hoarders often
have chaotic living environments as a result of their extensive collections.