How to Treat my ‘Just Right’ OCD

How to Treat my 'Just Right' OCD

How to Treat my ‘Just Right’ OCD

Are you constantly battling an inner voice that insists on perfection in every aspect of your life? Do you find it incredibly difficult to let go of certain rituals or routines, no matter how unreasonable they may seem to others? You may be living with ‘just right’ OCD – a unique subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder that manifests in a relentless pursuit of achieving the perfect balance or alignment in your daily activities.

Don’t let ‘just right’ OCD hold you back any longer. It’s time to take a step towards breaking free from the chains of perfectionism and achieving a healthy and balanced life.

Understanding OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviours (compulsions). It affects people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. OCD can take various forms, and individuals may experience different types of obsessions and compulsions.

Different Types of OCD

OCD presents itself in various ways, and understanding the different types can help you identify which subtype you may be experiencing. Some common types of OCD include contamination OCD, symmetry and ordering OCD, hoarding OCD, and ‘just right’ OCD.

The ‘Just Right’ OCD Subtype

Among the different types of OCD, ‘just right’ OCD is a subtype that revolves around the need for things to be in a specific order or arrangement. Individuals with ‘just right’ OCD experience an intense urge to achieve a perfect sense of alignment or symmetry. They may feel compelled to adjust objects, arrange items in a specific order, or repeat actions until they feel ‘just right.’

Common Symptoms of ‘Just Right’ OCD

The symptoms of ‘just right’ OCD can vary from person to person, but some common signs include a strong need for symmetry or exactness, difficulty completing tasks unless they feel ‘just right,’ and distress or anxiety when things are not in the desired order. People with ‘just right’ OCD may also spend excessive time arranging or organizing their surroundings, disrupting their daily lives.

Causes and Triggers of ‘Just Right’ OCD

The exact causes of ‘just right’ OCD are not fully understood, but research suggests that a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurobiological factors may contribute to its development. Traumatic events, stress, and certain personality traits may also act as triggers for ‘just right’ OCD symptoms.

Diagnosing ‘Just Right’ OCD

Diagnosing ‘just right’ OCD involves a comprehensive assessment by a mental health professional. They will evaluate your symptoms, conduct a thorough interview, and may use standardized assessments to determine if you meet the criteria for OCD. It is crucial to seek a professional diagnosis to ensure proper treatment and support.

Treatment Options for ‘Just Right’ OCD

Fortunately, there are effective treatment options available for ‘just right’ OCD. The two primary approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and medication.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for ‘Just Right’ OCD

CBT is a widely recognized therapy technique for managing OCD symptoms, including ‘just right’ OCD. The goal of CBT is to help individuals identify and challenge their irrational thoughts and beliefs, gradually expose themselves to anxiety-provoking situations, and develop healthier coping mechanisms. CBT can be conducted individually or in a group setting, depending on individual preferences and needs.

Medication Options for ‘Just Right’ OCD

In some cases, medication may be prescribed to help manage the symptoms of ‘just right’ OCD. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed antidepressants that have shown effectiveness in reducing OCD symptoms. However, medication should always be discussed and prescribed by a qualified healthcare professional.

Self-Help Strategies and Coping Mechanisms for ‘Just Right’ OCD

In addition to professional treatment, self-help strategies and coping mechanisms can play a significant role in managing ‘just right’ OCD symptoms. These strategies may include practising relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation, developing a structured routine, and gradually challenging and exposing yourself to situations that trigger your obsessions or compulsions.

Remember, overcoming ‘just right’ OCD is a journey that requires patience, support, and commitment. It may take time to see progress, but with the proper treatment and self-help strategies, you can regain control over your life and find relief from the chains of perfectionism.

As I conclude this article, I hope you have gained valuable insights into ‘just right’ OCD and the treatment options available. Remember, seeking professional help is essential for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. Take the first step towards a healthier, more balanced life – you deserve it!



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Federico Ferrarese Federico Ferrarese - Chartered Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
I am deeply committed to my role as a cognitive behavioural therapist, aiding clients in their journey towards recovery and sustainable, positive changes in their lives.