According to the International OCD Foundation, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are typically intrusive thoughts, images, or urges that can make the affected person feel intense feelings of distress. Compulsions are behaviors the affected person may perform to rid themselves of the obsession as well as the distressing feeling.
Washing and cleaning things obsessively like handwashing, cleaning, or preventing contamination.
Checking that bad thing did not/will not happen.
Repetition of movements, activities, or doing things in multiples.
Mental compulsions like mentally reviewing events to prevent harm or undoing previous behaviors.
What’s the Link Between OCD and Eating Disorders?
Various studies have shown that people living with eating disorders have higher rates of OCD and vice versa compared to those who do not. It is believed that those suffering from restrictive eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are at an increased risk of also having OCD. Both forms of disordered eating involve obsessive behavior that relates to consuming too much or too little food.
With bulimia, in particular, the condition is characterized by eating large amounts of food in a short period of time, followed by extreme feelings of guilt and the need to “undo” the behavior to prevent weight gain. With anorexia, patients display obsessions with misperceptions about their body image and fear of gaining weight. People living with this eating disorder restrict their food intake and use other methods to maintain a severe caloric deficit to prevent weight gain.
Eating Disorder Treatment at Tapestry
At Tapestry, our treatment programs are dedicated to understanding our clients as whole people with varied life experiences. Whether you have questions about mental health or how to support a loved one struggling with their mental health, we are here for you. Contact us today by filling out a confidential form or give us a call at (828) 490-4032.