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OCD 101

OCD 101

OCD in Men

OCD is when constant worries and fears cause someone to repeat routines or rituals to calm themself down. Reducing anxiety and stress in your life can help.

We all have doubts and get unwelcome thoughts multiple times a day. Did I lock the car? Did I remember my wallet? And it’s natural, considering we’ve evolved from a long line of men who, when hunting or at war, had to play out risk scenarios in advance of taking action to stay alive.

But staying alive today looks a little different. We’re constantly looking for ways to establish order in an unpredictable world, and this can lead to people worrying about things that they have no influence over. For some, worrying becomes obsessive. They are hounded by unwanted thoughts or images, and the only way for them to ease their mounting anxiety is to perform compulsive rituals. OCD symptoms can be embarrassing to talk about (I washed my hands how many times today?), and men will talk about feeling depressed instead.

Men might avoid talking about OCD at all and turn to substance abuse to try and treat it themselves. To make things more complicated, symptoms tend to worsen when men are undergoing times of stress.

In collaboration with a psychiatrist, our counselling and coaching services can help you get unstuck and move on with your life.


One percent of the US population suffers from OCD.

– Anxiety & Depression Association of America


19 is the average age when OCD starts.

– Anxiety & Depression Association of America


Men make up 50 percent of the OCD population and tend to develop symptoms earlier in life than women do.

– Men’s Health

Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms

When men with social anxiety disorder have to be around other people or perform, they tend to feel:

  • Fear of dirt, contamination
  • Stressed when things aren’t orderly
  • Disturbing thoughts about harm
  • Doubts about normal activity
  • Thoughts about doing wrong
  • Unwanted, intrusive thoughts
  • Washing and cleaning
  • Checking and counting
  • Following a strict routine
  • Silently repeating words
  • Orderliness
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