Maybe you carry around a small bottle of hand sanitizer. Maybe you can’t help organising every cupboard, every shelf, every nook and cranny in your home and office. Maybe you begin organising when you’re at your friend’s house? That is when things might be getting a little out of control and getting to be more than a simple character quirk.

We all have them, little things that we do that mark us out as being… us, our character traits, our flaws. But it might be more than that if our cleaning is getting to be a bigger matter. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition that affects a significant percentage of the world’s population.

Below a few things you can look out for that may indicate whether you are suffering from OCD and are particularly pertinent to cleaning.

• Overzealous hand-washing

• Over-doing the hand-washing or liberal use of hand sanitizer throughout your day is a big sign amongst those with OCD and people exhibiting this symptom even have their own term: “washers”.

• The compulsion to obsessively wash hands is one of the most common amongst OCD patients. Not only is this down to the fear of germs but it also incorporates the concern of spreading germs to others.

• If you find yourself always thinking about germs – even after you’ve washed your hands, or you worry that you have not washed your hands enough this could be a sign that you are suffering from the condition.

• Another sign is if you have special routines that you go through when washing your hands such as washing them three times before being satisfied.

Over-the-top cleaning

Those who are categorised as “washers”, as mentioned can also have a tendency to obsess about cleaning and become a little too devoted to cleaning their house. Although they find it soothing and calming to concentrate on the cleaning since it relieves the feeling of impurity the relief is often fleeting and before long the fear returns with more potency than the last time.

If you get home from work and immediately set about cleaning with nothing more pressing on your mind and do not stop until the small hours of the morning it could be time to consider the possibility that you are suffering from OCD. On the bright side there is plenty of literature now on the condition and there is plenty of help available.

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