If you have OCD you might sometimes feel that you’re very alone In fact, this is far from the truth. People with OCD are usually aware that their thoughts and behaviour are excessive or irrational. Although this awareness is a healthy sign evidence of insight and a good foundation upon which to build in therapy – it often has the unfortunate effect of making the person feel ashamed, embarrassed or unworthy of help.
For this reason, OCD was under-reported for a very long time and thus thought to be a rare disorder.
In fact, experts now believe that 2.5% will have OCD at some point in their lives and it is the 4 th most commonpsychiatric diagnosis.
Next time you are in a crowded streetcar or in a public venue such as a movie theatre, look around you: the chances are, there are people with direct experience with OCD right there in front of you. OCD is a common phenomenon, and at last this is recognized by mental health professionals.
But, while at last the stigma of all psychological disorders is lessening its hold, many people are still not comfortable speaking freely about their problems, and OCD remains a relatively hidden epidemic when compared with other conditions such as depression. Too many people in Ontario and acrossthe world are currently suffering in silence and isolation, and therefore not gaining the benefits of professional treatment and peer support.