OCD can make people feel obsessed about fears they worry may become a reality. They may be anxious about, or see pictures in their mind, of a family-member coming to harm. Or they may imagine how something harmless they did could lead to a frightening situation happening, with consequences out of their control.
Some people living with OCD are perfectionists, who create a strictly defined sense of order in their belongings or personal habits.
OCD can make people feel anxious about things going wrong, anxious about their anxieties and anxious about the impact that this has on their life and on their loved ones.
Many people living with OCD develop compulsions to offset their sense of risk – for example, constantly cleaning to prevent contamination from germs, or performing check-and-double check rituals. They may need constant reassurance from others.
OCD can be genetic, or brought on by stress or significant life-changes.